US President Donald Trump, left, and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speak during the first presidential debate in Cleveland on September 29. If Trump loses next month’s election, he and his staff could be tempted to engage in scorched-earth tactics on their way out of the White House. Photo: TNS US President Donald Trump, left, and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speak during the first presidential debate in Cleveland on September 29. If Trump loses next month’s election, he and his staff could be tempted to engage in scorched-earth tactics on their way out of the White House. Photo: TNS
US President Donald Trump, left, and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speak during the first presidential debate in Cleveland on September 29. If Trump loses next month’s election, he and his staff could be tempted to engage in scorched-earth tactics on their way out of the White House. Photo: TNS
Douglas H. Paal
Opinion

Opinion

Douglas H. Paal

First step for US after a Joe Biden win is keeping Donald Trump from doing more harm

  • If Trump loses the election, he could impose a high cost on America’s reputation and government functions if he tries to stop a transition of power
  • First task after the election is to prevent Trump and his staff from engaging in scorched-earth tactics, before ensuring the government works properly again

US President Donald Trump, left, and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speak during the first presidential debate in Cleveland on September 29. If Trump loses next month’s election, he and his staff could be tempted to engage in scorched-earth tactics on their way out of the White House. Photo: TNS US President Donald Trump, left, and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speak during the first presidential debate in Cleveland on September 29. If Trump loses next month’s election, he and his staff could be tempted to engage in scorched-earth tactics on their way out of the White House. Photo: TNS
US President Donald Trump, left, and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speak during the first presidential debate in Cleveland on September 29. If Trump loses next month’s election, he and his staff could be tempted to engage in scorched-earth tactics on their way out of the White House. Photo: TNS
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