What will Donald Trump do now? The former president's next steps as he leaves the White House

Donald Trump has left the White House for the final time – so what now?

On January 20, hours before Joe Biden’s inauguration Donald Trump walked across the White House lawn with wife Melania Trump, climbed into Marine One and said goodbye to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Traditionally an exiting president attends their successor’s inauguration, but President Trump is no ordinary premier.

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Instead the 45th US president flew to a military airfield in Maryland, delivered a speech to friends, loyal aides and fawning audience. With the hits of the Village People and Journey book-ending the speech, this was more campaign rally, than farewell address.

Donald Trump bid farewell to supporters on the morning of January 20 (Getty Images)
Donald Trump bid farewell to supporters on the morning of January 20 (Getty Images)

From there he climbed the steps of Air Force One for the final time, enjoying the perks of his dwindling presidency.

So what’s next for Donald Trump?

Where is he relocating to?

Air Force One was making a two hour flight south to Palm Springs, the site of Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort.

Mr Trump and wife Melania declared Florida their residence in September 2019, and removal trucks were spotted at the recently refurbished resort prior to his move.

The resort is a members’ only club and the move is expected to cause disruption with major thoroughfare South Ocean Boulevard to be closed off to the public for several days following Trump’s move.

According to Palm Beach Post, Donald and Melania will live at the residence with their son Barron, while Donald Trump Jr. will move to the area with girlfriend Kimberley Guilfoyle.

When will Donald Trump face trial for impeachment?

Donald Trump shouldn’t expect a quiet start to life as a former president, with an impeachment trial on the horizon.

It’s unclear when the US Senate will hear a trial, with Biden set to occupy their time with an early push of his legislative agenda. Democrat congressman and close aide of Nancy Pelosi, Jim Clyburn has suggested Mr Trump’s impeachment trial would take place after Biden’s first 100 days in office.

Trump will be tried as a former president and could be set to lose out on a host of benefits afforded to former presidents if convicted.

More importantly, if Trump is convicted, the Senate could prevent him from running for office in future, preventing an anticipated run for the presidency in 2024.

Is Donald Trump in trouble financially?

Scotsman writer Martyn McLaughlin noted that Donald Trump could be facing financial difficulties following his departure from the Oval Office.

Writing in November he wrote: “I think Mr Trump will return to where it all began – his family business – and partly out of necessity. The Manhattan district attorney and the New York state attorney are investigating Mr Trump and his company, the net worth of which has dropped £760m during the coronavirus pandemic, Forbes estimates.

“He is also personally responsible for loans and other debts totalling £318m, much of which is due in the next four years. He needs money, and quickly. Do not be surprised if he resorts to the tried and tested revenue stream of licensing his name and brand – even a divisive former president enjoys a certain cachet in shadier parts of the world.”