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Analysis: Why people are asking the wrong question about Donald Trump's future

February 18, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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When people talk about Donald Trump's future, they almost always focus on whether or not he will run for president in 2024.

The right question is this: Just how much jeopardy -- legally and financially -- is Trump in over the next few years?

(One piece of good legal news for Trump, lawsuits about his alleged violations of the emoluments clause while serving as president were dismissed by the Supreme Court last month because, well, Trump is no longer in office. )

All of those various legal entanglements -- even if they all wind up going in Trump's favor -- will cost a whole lot of money.

According to financial disclosure documents released in the hours after Trump left the White House last month, the ex-President's eponymous company took a major revenue hit over the last year.

If past is prologue, Trump's approach to this growing cloud of legal and financial troubles will be to sue and compromise his way out.

This, from The New York Times about a Chicago skyscraper built by Trump that led to him to incur $287 million in unpaid debt by 2010, illustrates that point:

But Trump's situation -- legally and financially -- have gone downhill since he left the White House.

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