- PoliticsUSA TODAY
President Trump and his aides are moving out of the White House under clouds of impeachment and insurrection, but they're wrapping up their work.
- PoliticsBusiness Insider
"There's always been a deep clean between administrations, but we've never seen anything like this," presidential historian Kate Brower Andersen said.
- PoliticsThe Telegraph
When George H. Bush handed over to his Democratic successor, Bill Clinton, he wrote a heartfelt letter wishing President 42 luck and “great happiness”. George W. Bush offered Barack Obama friendly advice as he was leaving office to “ignore the critics” and that he was "pulling" for him. Since George Washington gave the keys to the White House over to John Adams in 1797, the transfer of power between presidents has largely been peaceful, if on occasion spiteful. This year all norms, however, have been broken. For starters, Donald Trump only conceded last week - at the urging of White House lawyers - after his supporters stormed the US Capitol. The formal process finally began this week, with White House staff pictured removing its current occupants’ belongings - everything from paintings to a taxidermy pheasant.
U.S. Army (retired) General Lloyd Austin speaks after being formally nominated to be Secretary of the Department of Defense by U.S. President-elect Joe Biden in Wilmington, Delaware, on December 09, 2020. Almost everything about the deadly insurrection at the Capitol last week will make President-elect Joe Biden’s hard job harder when he takes office next week. Last month, Biden’s choice of retired four-star Army General Lloyd Austin raised some hackles on Capitol Hill.