With all the uncertainty about what's next for the nation, there is little clarity about what's next for Donald Trump.
The 45th President of the nation leaves office at the age of 74 as one of only four US presidents to be defeated after a single term. Millions are reportedly in debt, but millions of followers have stood by his side.
The traditional modern way for a post president is to step away from the limelight, maybe get a book deal, and dedicate himself to working on a library and legacy – with the occasional paid speeches to improve his lifestyle.
In the case of President Trump, he is returning to his "normal life" after taking office as a celebrity and billionaire – although press reports this fall showed that his business is heavily indebted and badly hit by the coronavirus.
Even if Trump wanted to take refuge at home and focus on his game of golf, it is not clear whether he can afford it.
President Donald Trump is faced with a number of options about what he will do if he leaves the White House despite claiming to have won "A LOT" of the election.
Trump is still fighting the election results despite networks calling the race for Joe Biden on Saturday
Come back to the hotel business even if the bookings are due to COVID TANK
Trump can return to his family business even though bookings are not possible amid the coronavirus
An immediate question is what to do with his business. Trump enraged critics when he decided to retain ownership of his company when he took office. It was headed by Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, and an executive in his absence. He was able to take back the helm and revert to global construction deals that were put on hold when he took office.
This route was made more difficult by bookings in hotels and golf courses due to the pandemic. The Trump Organization has already attempted to sell its Washington, DC luxury hotel that was the source of a compensation lawsuit.
Trump's "brand" is still marketable, but overseas tenants and buildings sued that his name was removed from some Trump branded properties after his election.
A pressing part of the equation is Trump's debt. According to Forbes, he owes more than $ 1 billion.
The New York Times reported that Trump must personally guarantee the $ 421 million due date. He called this amount a "peanut" during an ABC town hall.
To make ends meet, his company could liquidate some assets, which could have left a bad impression on re-election.
MOVING TO FLORIDA
Trump was able to move to Florida, where he had his official residence
Trump moved his official seat in office from New York to Florida. It gave him a break in state taxes and may have helped him run the state.
Moving to Mar-a-Lago would bring Trump back to the luxury club, where he spent a good portion of his presidency.
New Yorker Charles Schumer turned a move to Florida into a mocked Saturday. “I say to Donald Trump, you have lost. No more games. Go home, go to Florida. Stop delaying. Stop making up lies about the choice, ”he said.
But that may not be that easy. Mar-a-Lago's bylaws under a 1993 agreement when Trump converted the facility into a private club. Guests can only stay three non-consecutive weeks per week each year.
Golf is certainly on his mind – he was playing on his course in Virginia on Saturday when networks called the race for Joe Biden.
RUN IT AGAIN
The size of Trump's vote could easily lead him not to give up politics. Trump's repeated unsubstantiated claim that he “won” the election not only strengthens his legal strategy and fundraising – they provide a possible rationale for a restoration.
Supporters and critics agree that Trump is building a larger following than he is, with Trumpism lingering even after leaving office. What could be nicer than letting Trump run it?
He will be 77 years old when he needs it. When he runs again, he will actively fight for campaigns – at the same age as Biden. The constitution allows him another four years.
He has already had the corona virus and pulled it through. Biden inherits a nation with millions of unemployed and more than 100,000 new coronavirus cases per day. Depending on factors inside and outside its control, the country could face a difficult journey.
By staying in the game, Trump could also claim that an ongoing investigation or prosecution as a form of defense is political.
Turn the keys to IVANKA
Trump could try to hand over his political fortune to one of his children like Ivanka Trump
Speculation as to who might be the heir to Trump's political empire has been rife. White House adviser Ivanka Trump has always been there. She has softer edges than Donald Trump Jr., who urged supporters to wage an "all-out war" over the number of votes.
Her own statement on Twitter was much more open to interpretation. “Every legally cast vote should be counted. Any illegally cast vote shouldn't. This shouldn't be controversial. This is not a partisan statement – free and fair elections are the foundation of our democracy, ”she wrote.
Such a move would surely keep Trump moving in the family. But all of Trump's "deplorable" ones may not accept the substitution. She is sometimes identified with Trump's softer causes over the more militant ones. Some forces in the Trump world are already grumbling about the role of their husband Jared Kushner, who oversees Trump's unsuccessful campaign.
After Don Jr. admonished potential 2024 candidates on Twitter, several stepped up to step up his father's defense.
Trump could also try to shore up someone he designates as his political heir, like Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who helped liberate his state.
LEAVE THE COUNTRY
Trump said last month he might have to leave the country if Joe Biden won
Among Trump's most stubborn opponents, those who consider him a criminal, a third act by Trump outside of the territorial US has emerged as something that could happen.
Trump is under investigation by New York prosecutors for potential banking and insurance fraud, there are active lawsuits from women accusing him of rape or assault, and he has been under continuous scrutiny by the IRS since he took office.
Setting up a business in a country friendly to him could provide some level of isolation and protection, and Trump has a variety of stamps on his passport – as well as a list of executives he's cultivated in office.
Trump actually spoke publicly about this prospect in October. “Can you imagine if I lose? What should I do all my life? I'll say, "I lost to the worst candidate in the history of politics." I won't feel so good Maybe I have to leave the country? "
Let his lawyers make an offer
President Donald Trump watches from the motorcade as he returns to the White House in Washington DC after playing golf on November 7, 2020. Trump could instruct his attorneys to try and negotiate with New York prosecutors investigating him over allegations of tax and insurance fraud that Trump denies
Trump could attempt to apologize to Joe Biden in order to keep a former president's divisions from being prosecuted – despite speaking openly during his tenure about imprisoning Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Barack Obama and others.
He could also try to forgive himself, but it's not clear if he has the power to do so.
An easier way could be to reach an agreement with prosecutors and negotiate with the government over millions of tax refunds that he alleged might not be legitimate.
CONSULT MELANIA FIRST
First Lady Melania Trump gave up her life in New York to move to the White House
An X-factor in Trump's plans is First Lady Melania Trump. She secretly took to complaining that she had to deal with White House Christmas decorations in conversations that took place this fall – an indication that she wasn't excited about every aspect of her life at the White House.
She gave up her New York modeling career, left a penthouse apartment on Fifth Avenue where she raised school-age son Barron, and, according to a book, renegotiated a marriage agreement.
Her role in vouching for the president gave him political support.
She accompanied her husband on trips around the world, visited hurricane victims, launched her “Be Best” program and assisted him on a range of allegations from impeachment to the Stormy Daniels scandal. She even stood up for him weeks after testing positive for the coronavirus after participating in a Wepie House Pep rally identified as a superspreader event.
It could be up to Melania to make the next big life decision, such as where the couple lives.
BECOME THE OTHER EX-PRESIDENT OF D.C.
Trump is not popular in Washington, DC, but his son Barron goes to school in the area
It may seem unlikely for a president who went to war in the "swamp" and is despised in DC, but Donald Trump might choose to set up a business in Washington.
14-year-old Barron attends a private school in the Washington area and may have broken records for staying out of the media, aside from occasional appearances on Marine One and comments about his size from his father. Even when he contracted the coronavirus, it was swallowed in the history of the campaign.
It's a difficult age, and Barron has already been uprooted from New York to move to the White House.
Trump could take over the leadership of former President Barack Obama, who eventually bought a house in the chic Kalorama neighborhood to show his kids through school.
Get a new ghostwriter or write a memoir
The Obamas landed a book advance worth $ 8 million. Despite losing around 4 million votes to Biden, Trump has millions of enthusiastic supporters.
Although he had a reputation for skipping briefing books and asking for charts and brief explanations during the meetings, now it may be time for Trump to read the books and write a memoir.
He has regularly complained about others benefiting from appointments he gives them to make money later. This time around, Trump could be paid to shed secrets.
START THIS TV NETWORK
Trump has been angry with Fox News and could build a network that can rival Rupert Murdoch's
Trump was furious with Fox News he complained about in the days leading up to the election. He Years for the Days or Roger Ailes. Trump and his team were reportedly furious when Fox made an early call to Arizona to bring in Joe Biden – making it a lot harder for him to declare victory Tuesday night.
He might be trying to build a rival television network, an idea that came up in 2016 in case he lost. There are a number of Trump loyalists he could pick up from Fox if he is able to hit their high salaries. He could also get constant bookings from allies trying to win Trump-world favor in order to bolster their own political outlook.
It could be a platform for Trump or his relatives to launch political campaigns or find ways to monetize the MAGA movement when he's not in the White House. Trump has regularly complained about how TV ratings would improve if he resigned.