In his last full day in office, President Trump pardoned former adviser Stephen K. Bannon, GOP donor Elliott Broidy and a raft of well-connected celebrities, politicians and nonviolent drug offenders, but he did not preemptively pardon himself or his family members.
Less than a day before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, it remains unclear when his nominees will be confirmed, when President Trump’s impeachment trial will begin, or how the Senate will manage a 50-50 divide.
The same pathologies that abetted President Trump’s political rise, animated his followers and became hallmarks of his turbulent single term have now, in the twilight of his presidency, left him politically damaged.
After the most fraught U.S. presidential transition in living memory, world leaders and top officials, along with ordinary people across the globe, are watching closely as Joe Biden’s inauguration approaches.
More than 180 countries across the globe have pushed for the International Monetary Fund to approve emergency financial backing for nations reeling from the devastating economic impact of the coronavirus.