What hap­pens af­ter elec­tion day?

The Star (Kenya) - - Bigread / America Speaks - IN BRIEF

THE TELE­GRAPH/ It will be ten weeks, though, be­fore the win­ner en­ters the White House as Amer­ica’s 45th pres­i­dent.

So what hap­pens af­ter the elec­tion takes place?


Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump be­gins the task of pre­par­ing to be pres­i­dent. This in­cludes fi­nal­is­ing the leg­isla­tive agenda for the cru­cial first 100 days in of­fice, re­ceiv­ing pol­icy brief­ings and se­lect­ing key mem­bers of the in­com­ing ad­min­is­tra­tion, in­clud­ing a chief of staff and the cab­i­net. Nom­i­na­tions typ­i­cally come within weeks of elec­tion day. The cab­i­net nom­i­nees are con­firmed by the se­nate and sworn into of­fice fol­low­ing the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the in­com­ing pres­i­dent.


Obama will re­main in the Oval Of­fice af­ter elec­tion day, but will of­fi­cially be­come a “lame duck” pres­i­dent. The term lame duck was used to de­scribe de­fault­ers on the Lon­don stock ex­change in the 18th cen­tury be­fore wind­ing its way into the Amer­i­can po­lit­i­cal lex­i­con. Obama has 73 days to tick re­main­ing items off his pres­i­den­tial to-do list- like try­ing to pass the Trans Pa­cific Part­ner­ship trade deal.


On Jan­uary 20, 2017, Don­ald Trump will be sworn in on the steps of the US Capi­tol. He will then de­liver the in­au­gu­ral ad­dress, at­tend a Con­gres­sional lun­cheon and pa­rade to the White House.

While the cer­e­monies are un­der­way, staff at the White House will be fran­ti­cally mov­ing out the rem­nants of the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion, and pre­par­ing the res­i­dence and of­fices for their new in­hab­i­tants. Af­ter a se­ries of in­au­gu­ral balls and plenty of pomp and cir­cum­stance, Trump and his fam­ily will at last set­tle into their new home, and his new job as the 45th Pres­i­dent of the United States.


A woman holds her um­brella against the rain at the White House on the morn­ing af­ter the elec­tion that saw US Repub­li­can can­di­date Don­ald Trump be­come pres­i­dent-elect, in Washington, US yes­ter­day.

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