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Pence, occupying a leadership void, calls Harris to offer assistance — as Trump plans his Inauguration Day getaway.
Vice President Mike Pence telephoned Vice President-elect Kamala Harris Thursday to congratulate her and offer his belated assistance — filling a leadership role all but abdicated by President Trump, who is planning to fly out of the capital shortly before Joseph R. Biden Jr. is sworn in next week.

The Pence-Harris conversation, relayed by two officials briefed on the call, was described as gracious and pleasant. The discussion is the first time Mr. Pence and Ms. Harris have spoken since they debated each other last fall.

It also represents the only one-on-one interaction between the dueling 2020 presidential tickets: Mr. Trump has refused to call President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. and has not even fully conceded defeat.


Mr. Pence and his wife, Karen, may have Ms. Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, over to the vice-presidential residence before the inauguration on Wednesday, according to one official. But those plans remain uncertain, in part because the security threats posed to the nation’s capital have made scheduling fluid.

Mr. Trump, who has kept a low profile since a mob of his supporters attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6, is expected to depart the White House for the final time early on the morning of the inauguration, people familiar with the planning said.

Mr. Trump’s pre-inaugural takeoff from Joint Base Andrews represents a relatively low-key conclusion to one of the most tumultuous terms of any president in history — although it will not be entirely devoid of the pomp he demands.

While the plans remain in flux, Mr. Trump hopes to depart to the blare of a military band, with a red carpet and military honors, those briefed on the planning said.

Mr. Trump, always wary of ceding the spotlight to others, had been expected to give a farewell speech or hold a rally in his adopted home state of Florida when he lands, but recent events have made either scenario unlikely, people close to him said.

Trump plans to leave Washington before the inauguration because he doesn't want to fly out as an ex-president or ask Biden to borrow Air Force One, report says
  • President Donald Trump wants to leave Washington DC before President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated on January 20, CNN reported.
  • His aim is to avoid leaving the White House as an ex-president, CNN said. It also suggested Trump doesn't want to ask Biden if he can borrow Air Force One.
  • Biden is due to be sworn in around midday on January 20, amid a heightened security presence prompted by the riot at the US Capitol.
  • Trump intends to fly to Florida and his Mar-a-Lago resort, Bloomberg reported Friday, to start his post-presidential life.
Trump said on January 8 that he wold not attend the inauguration, a highly unusual move that has happened only a handful of times since John Adams succeeded George Washington in 1797, making him the first departing president to refuse to attend his successor's ceremony since 1869.

Instead, CNN said, Trump will leave the White House before the midday swearing-in ceremony. His team is working on gathering a large crowd to wave him off, the network said.

... Per CNN, Trump plans to depart the White House for the final time as president in Marine One from the South Lawn, and is hoping for a military-style tribute. The network cited an unnamed source who had spoken about the plan with Trump.

Trump has not officially confirmed his destination. At one point he was rumored to be headed to to Scotland, where he owns several golf courses. However, the Scottish government made clear he would not be welcome due to its strict coronavirus lockdown. ... Though leaving Washington and with it the presidency on January 20, Trump still has to travel with the "nuclear football" — a 20 kilogram briefcase that president's take with them everywhere in case of nuclear attack— until Biden is sworn in as president.

To account for this, the White House Military Office has made a second device that will stay in Washington, DC, for Biden's use, CNN said. At the moment of the switchover, Trump's codes will be deactivated.


... In his final days in office Trump has been concerned with his legacy and the fallout after the House of Representatives impeached him for inciting the supporters who rioted at the Capitol.

Trump is now worried about the legal issues that may face him after he leaves office as is no longer protected by presidential immunity, according to multiple reports over the last week.

Prosecutors in New York State and Washington, DC, are investigating Trump and his organization.

In New York, Letitia James, the state's attorney general, is conducting an investigation into the Trump Organization's financial dealings, and Cyrus Vance Jr., the Manhattan district attorney, is investigating Trump and the Trump Organization on suspicion of bank and insurance fraud.

Trump’s Lonely Last Days After Riot, Impeachment
He lost his favorite means of communication, he lost the support of 10 House Republicans, he lost several formerly loyal soldiers to resignation, even Sen. Mitch McConnell reportedly said he'd committed an impeachable offense.

But that's not the end of it. The walls have continued to close around President Donald Trump in his final days in office. On Wednesday, he was impeached for a second time. But there was an unsettling quiet on the president's favorite medium, Twitter. As the impeachment debate continued on the Hill and nearly a dozen GOP lawmakers voted in favor, Trump couldn't complain to his followers – he was banned from the social media site only days before. Instead, he released a tweet-length statement as a press release (it didn't generate much buzz).

The typically boisterous, provocative president is quiet (at least to the outside world – reports suggest he is anything but quiet inside the White House) as his tenure tailspins to a close. And he's getting lonelier by the day as people and businesses reject him.


... All this as Trump's inner circle wilts away and his most ardent supporters, including chief of staff Mark Meadows, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, White House senior adviser and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, economic adviser Larry Kudlow and others, have yet to publicly defend him.

... But as Trump sits inside the White House, his support dwindling and his potential post-presidency influence waning, the nation marches on. Outside of the White House, preparations continue for the Biden inauguration. A banner recently went up across from Trump's front door along the inaugural parade route: "2021 Biden Harris Inauguration." It was a stark reminder for a president whose lonely days are numbered.

The Trump administration blacklisted 9 more Chinese companies, including Xiaomi. It labeled the smartphone giant a 'Communist Chinese military company.'
  • The Trump administration has added nine Chinese companies to a blacklist, including smartphone maker Xiaomi.
  • The US Defense Department labeled the firms "communist Chinese military companies." Americans now cannot invest in them.
  • Huawei, another smartphone giant, is already on the list.
Xiaomi, which now sells more phones than Apple, didn't immediately respond to Insider's request for comment but told TechCrunch that "it is not owned, controlled or affiliated with the Chinese military, and is not a 'Communist Chinese Military Company' defined under the NDAA [National Defense Authorization Act]."

It added that "the company will take appropriate course of actions to protect the interests of the company and its shareholders."

... So far, the Defense Department has listed 44 companies that they consider to be owned or controlled by China's military. The firms include phonemaker Huawei, China's number one chipmaker Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC), and oil giant China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC).

Local officials threaten Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort with $15,000 fines after violating mask mandate at New Year's Eve party
  • Palm Beach County officials warned this week that President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort could face $15,000 penalties over mask-mandate violations.
  • The officials point to video evidence at a New Year's Eve party, in which many guests, including Donald Trump Jr., are filmed maskless.
  • The Florida county currently requires all people to wear masks when in public.
  • Trump and his family have frequently flouted public health guidelines throughout the pandemic.
Palm Beach County has a mandate in effect that requires all people to wear masks whenever in public. Florida has been a COVID-19 hotspot during the public health crisis, with over 1.5 million cases and 23,612 deaths reported as of Friday, according to the New York Times.

State legislator Rep. Omari Hardy, a Democrat, later criticized the warning to Mar-a-Lago as insufficient.

"County officials agree that Mar-a-Lago violated our mask order, but they're not trying to fine the business or shut it down even temporarily," he said. "This is disappointing. It sends a message that you can get away with violating our mask order. Not good."

Trump's approval rating hits historic low of 29% as favorability with Republicans nosedives after Capitol siege, new poll shows
  • President Donald Trump's approval rating stands at 29% — a historic low — in his last week in office.
  • According to a new Pew Research Center survey, Trump's approval with Republicans has plummeted 17 percentage points since August largely due to the US Capitol siege.
  • The president was impeached on Wednesday for a second time over his role in inciting the violent insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6.
The Pew survey found a whopping 68% of Americans don't want Trump to remain a major political figure after he leaves the White House.

Top CEOs want Trump to be impeached after the deadly Capitol riot, according to a new survey by Yale
  • CEOs are overwhelming in favor of impeaching President Donald Trump, according to Chief Executive Leadership Institute data shared with Insider.
  • In a survey, every CEO who responded said Trump helped incite last week's violent attack on Congress.
  • Most think there'll be further violence on inauguration day, and even this weekend.
  • Business leaders are "the most trusted pillar" right now, the institute's founder said.
n a survey of roughly 40 CEOs of major US companies, 96% said Trump should be impeached and removed from office, Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, the founder of Yale's Chief Executive Leadership Institute, told Insider.

"We're at a point where an attack on our system requires our system to respond," one of the CEOs, said anonymously in the institute's survey. "Impeachment is an imperative."

... The CEOs, which represent a range of industries including tech, pharmaceuticals, retail, and transport, had contacted Sonnenfeld and Yale to arrange the meeting, he said. They attended the meeting on condition of confidentiality.

At the meeting, held Wednesday morning, the CEOs discussed growing political tension in the US and how companies should respond. Former senior government officials, advisors, and academics were also present at the meeting, according to a press release.

... The CEOs were overwhelmingly in favor of using their political funding to show their stance, Sonnenfeld told Insider. Every respondent to they survey said that business PACs and trade associations should cut off donations to the legislators who voted against Biden's certification.

This was something more than two dozen CEOs were mulling even before Wednesday's violent siege. And without the attack, most CEOs would have still gone ahead with pulling this funding, Sonnenfeld told Insider – but the siege meant that Trump's reputation suddenly plummeted from being "tainted" to being "destroyed," he said.


It isn't just lawmakers that CEOs think they should be taking action against. The vast majority said they would also withdraw support for members of the media who had supported Trump's baseless claims that the election was stolen.

When asked whether they would "avoid being interviewed by TV hosts/anchors who are peddling election denial, such as Fox News' Maria Bartiromo and Lou Dobbs," 85% of respondents said "yes."

... "The business leaders right now are the most trusted pillar – over the clergy, public officials, even media and academic," he said.

Prosecutors: Capitol Rioters Intended to ‘Capture and Assassinate’ Elected Officials
Supporters of President Donald Trump who violently stormed the U.S. Capitol last week intended to "capture and assassinate elected officials in the United States government," federal prosecutors asserted in documents released Friday.

The stunning disclosure was included in a court filing late Thursday regarding Jacob Anthony Chansley, also known as "QAnon Shaman," whose likeness has been widely shared after he participated in the violent mob bearing stars-and-stripes facepaint and a headdress that included animal horns.

A close-up photo of meeting notes carried by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell appears to include drastic national security moves in his meeting with Trump
  • A Washington Post photographer caught a glimpse of President Donald Trump and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's meeting notes on Friday, where they appeared to discuss explosive national security moves.
  • One line reads, "Move Kash Patel to CIA acting," previewing more personnel changes Trump could push. Another reads,"… foreign interference in the election trigger [illegible] powers. Make clear this is China/Iran."
  • Lindell has offered a renewed solidarity to Trump, doling out a MyPillow discount with the code "FightForTrump," and appearing on Newsmax and calling insurrectionists "very peaceful," and blaming antifa for the insurrection.

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