But Mr Trump will have a hard time avoiding the significant financial challenges facing his resorts and hotels. The trouble is compounded by a pandemic that is ravaging the hospitality industry and is unlikely to be backed by its fallen personal brand. Adding to his economic stress is the fact that more than $ 300 million in debt that he personally guaranteed will fall due over the next few years.
His favorite sport has also withdrawn, with the P.G.A. The tournament is being rescheduled from Mr. Trump’s New Jersey Golf Club to enhance its “brand and reputation” as P.G.A. by American CEO Seth Waugh, to say the least. According to a person close to the White House, Mr. Trump was “disappointed” with the decision, having worked personally for years to get tournament directors to hold events on his courses.
Even if Mr Trump chooses to assume a lower profile – a decision the media-loving president is hard to imagine – it will be difficult for him to evade politics.
In the coming weeks, Mr. Trump faces impeachment proceedings against the Senate and the likelihood of further Democratic investigation into his business relationships, presidential decisions and the inner workings of his administration. One wing of the party is pushing for law enforcement and a series of legal challenges against Mr Trump, his family and his allies.
Despite winning more voters than any other Republican presidential candidate in history and having the support of a large majority of G.O.P. Voters, a small but growing section of his party, believe the president has become too toxic even for those who voted for him.
“I don’t think a party that focuses on President Trump is viable,” said David Asp, a former member of the Minnesota Republican National Committee. “The party should move away from Trump as soon as possible, drop the conspiracy theorists, and advance a vision for the party that focuses on the national interest. “
Perhaps the closest historical analogy to the kind of post-presidency Mr Trump is facing is that of President Richard Nixon, who fell out of favor with Washington to avoid being charged with his role in the Watergate break-in. (For his part, Mr. Trump doesn’t care about the comparison and explodes with aides who mention the name of the ex-president. according to CNN.)