As it stands currently, and as far as we know, Donald Trump will no longer be President come January 20th, 2021, as Joe Biden has thus far been declared the winner of the 2020 election.
Of course, President Trump is launching a number of legal challenges that could help keep his hopes of a second term alive, but legal experts are doubting the efficacy of the attempts being made so far.
In any other case, we would be talking about the “lame duck” period, where a President lays low and helps with the transition to the next guy. But not Donald Trump. Oh no, Donald Trump is getting ready for action.
President Trump asked senior advisers in an Oval Office meeting on Thursday whether he had options to take action against Iran’s main nuclear site in the coming weeks. The meeting occurred a day after international inspectors reported a significant increase in the country’s stockpile of nuclear material, four current and former U.S. officials said on Monday.
A range of senior advisers dissuaded the president from moving ahead with a military strike. The advisers — including Vice President Mike Pence; Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; Christopher C. Miller, the acting defense secretary; and Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff — warned that a strike against Iran’s facilities could easily escalate into a broader conflict in the last weeks of Mr. Trump’s presidency.
Any strike — whether by missile or cyber — would almost certainly be focused on Natanz, where the International Atomic Energy Agency reported on Wednesday that Iran’s uranium stockpile was now 12 times larger than permitted under the nuclear accord that Mr. Trump abandoned in 2018. The agency also noted that Iran had not allowed it access to another suspected site where there was evidence of past nuclear activity.
Iran has long been on Trump’s list of ne’er-do-wells, and the US almost went to war with the Persian nation back in January after the assassination of a high ranking member of the Iranian military by American drone.