President Trump is not considering resigning, according to a source close to the President, adding that “he won’t do that.”
Another senior White House adviser said “resignation means admitting failure. So, no.” This adviser said the current thinking is the Senate does not have enough time to convict Trump. So the President can make it to the end of his term without that kind of humiliation.
“We will get through the 20th and move on,” the adviser said.
Of course, Trump has been known to change his mind, and aides are often left scrambling to catch up with his current thinking and plans for his departure from the White House could still change.
Unlike President Richard Nixon, who stepped down after seeing the writing on the walls with Republicans removing him, this person says Trump doesn’t believe the Senate has time to act before he leaves office and has no plans to follow Nixon’s lead.
At the same time, Trump is also paying attention to how this is all playing out and who is coming out for and against him. “The President doesn’t look at numbers, he looks at names.” The source also described him as “sullen” since the riots happened.
As for post White House plans, Trump is expected to fly to his vacation home at Mar-a-Lago on Jan. 19. The source believes “he’s [Trump] going to be quiet for a while” and watch “the show” with the new Biden administration.