Washington D.C., Feb. 9 – Less than three weeks after being sworn in as the nation’s 45th president, Donald Trump has announced his resignation from office. Vice President Mike Pence will be taking over the duties of Chief Executive effective next week.
The shocking news followed the New York U.S. District Court’s denial of Trump’s appeal of a child rape conviction handed down last month.
Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, and other prominent Republicans persuaded the new president to step down for the good of the country. Sources say while Trump did not originally agree to such a move, he was later convinced to do so by Pence.
Donald Trump’s resignation makes him the second U. S. president to resign from office. In 1974, Richard Nixon became the first president to voluntarily give up the presidency.
It has been a turbulent couple of months for Donald Trump. First he won the presidency by the slimmest of margins in the Electoral College, 270 -268. Many Democrats are attributing the loss to official voter suppression in the state of North Carolina along with voter intimidation by Trump “poll watchers” within the state.
Trump’s narrow electoral victory was soon followed by his having been found guilty on fraud and racketeering charges in the Trump University lawsuit.
While neither of Trump’s adjudications involved criminal penalties, the amount of money he has been personally ordered to pay his victims is a staggering $500 million.
There is talk around legal circles that Trump will be unable to pay the money he owes his victims as his actual assets are much less than the billions he boasted about during his presidential run. Tax experts believe Trump’s only way to get out from under his financial burden is through a bankruptcy filing.
Trump’s most ardent supporters are furious over Trump’s “forced “resignation and multiple convictions. They are blaming both the political and judicial systems as being rigged against the man they had so desperately supported.
Vice President Mike Pence will be sworn in as the nation’s 46th president February 15, noon, at the U.S. Capital.
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