Will he or won’t he? That’s the big question in Washington DC these days as President Trump remains defiant in the face of the electoral college’s vote to elect Joe Biden in 2020.
If there were a normal year, and Trump were a “normal” President, the nation would be a little more at ease, even if they were a bit angsty. We would have accepted the Associated Press calling the election back on November 7th and then kept a keen eye out for pardons, executive orders, and the like.
But these aren’t normal times, and the whole reason America elected Trump in the first place was because he promised to decimate the status quo. So, naturally, we find ourselves in a bit of a kerfuffle. The President believes that the election was stolen from him, and his convictions are so great that some in the mainstream media are attempting to claim that his reticence is akin to a coup.
It’s enough to make you head spin, even if you’re working in the White House.
Conflicting internal memos created confusion inside the White House on Wednesday about when staffers in the Executive Office of the President should begin preparing to leave work ahead of the transition next month.
In an email Wednesday morning from the White House Management Office, EOP staffers were instructed to “please disregard” an earlier memo that had been sent Tuesday informing them that they “will start departing” on the week of Jan. 4. Both messages were obtained by POLITICO.
The Tuesday memo also included information pertaining to outgoing employees’ payroll, benefits, sick leave, records, ethics debriefing and security clearance. Staffers were notified that they would receive a “comprehensive checklist” in the coming days and be directed to “take inventory of your office space.”
The now-retracted memo also mentioned a number of mundane tasks, such as making sure to take any items that you may have in White House refrigerators, and to clean out the microwaves.
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