Stephanie Hallett
November 10, 2016 5:42 pm
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The post-election dust has begun to settle and the reality of a Donald Trump presidency is setting in. If you’re wondering what happens now that Trump is president-elect, we’re here to clear things up. Though he has a plan for his first 100 days in office, he’s got a lot of work to do before he takes over the reins of the nation.

The responsibilities of a president-elect are manifold, from meeting with the current administration to sitting in on security and policy briefings, but there are some ~unique~ steps on Trump’s path to the White House.

Today, he met with President Obama.

The two held an “excellent” 90-minute meeting this morning, according to President Obama, discussing foreign and domestic policy, the organizational process of setting up an administration, how to facilitate a successful transfer of power, and other critical issues. Michelle Obama also gave Melania Trump a tour of the White House and its living quarters, a traditional turnover from one First Spouse to the next.

“I’ve been very encouraged by…President-elect Trump’s wanting to work with my team around many of the issues that this great country faces,” said Obama. “I believe that it is important for all of us, regardless of party and regardless of political preferences, to now come together, work together, to deal with the many challenges that we face.”

He will also, going forward, sit in on all of Obama’s top secret national security briefings.

At these meetings, he’ll learn about the country’s most closely protected secrets, including ongoing information-collection projects — such as the National Security Administration’s phone-tapping scheme — and classified espionage operations.

Some in the national security community have expressed concern about Trump’s access to these secrets, including Republican officials who opposed his’s candidacy. In an August letter, 50 G.O.P national security and foreign policy officials said Trump was “unqualified” to be president, and feared the impact that his “erratic” behavior could have on U.S. relations with close allies.

Trump will also have to choose his cabinet and fill out his administration.

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With no prior political or military experience, Trump’s cabinet is expected to be the most eclectic in recent memory. It may include business leaders, such as the former CEO of Nucor Corp, a steel company, Dan DiMicco, politicians such as former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and Trump’s own son, Donald Trump Jr. Politico has a detailed list of predictions here.

Unlike other soon-to-be presidents, Trump will have to appear in court before Inauguration Day.

Later this month, Trump is expected take the stand as a witness in a federal civil court trial alleging fraudulent practices by his Trump University. Jury selection is set to begin Nov. 28th in San Diego, and while Trump does not have to be present for the duration of the case, he will have to be in the courtroom to testify. He also has several of his own lawsuits pending and may have to appear in court for those cases.

The sexual assault case against Trump that was expected to be heard in December will not go forward as it has been withdrawn by Jane Doe.

And then he’ll be inaugurated as president.

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The date it set for Friday, January 20, 2017. See you there.

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