Where can Trump go to escape the law? Will he make it to the airport?

There is no indication that Donald Trump plans to resign before noon on January 20, 2021.

Then, as we have been advising him, he should depart directly for the airport and fly his private plane to one of the safe haven locations we have suggested in our series, “Where can Trump go to escape the law?”

He appears to be signaling he wants to move to Mar-a-Lago in Miami. However, most of us, and perhaps Donald Trump, don’t always get what we want.

We have offered the view, in purely objective terms, that if the  Bahamas is Trump’s first choice for a relocation venue, in view of the U.S.-Bahamian extradition treaty it would be prudent if he were to  arrange an “accommodation” with the local Bahanian authorities at the earliest opportunity.

Yet if he waits to depart Washington until after he is no longer President, one extremely important question remains:

Will he make it to the airport?

On the challenges he may face, see

Bill Palmer, “Will Donald Trump try to flee the country?” The Palmer Report, December 20, 2020 (10:30 pm EST).

Bill Palmer, “Bankruptcy and Prison,” The Palmer Report, December 12, 2020 (9:09 am EST).

“Where can Trump go to escape the law? The Bahamas?” The Trenchant Observer,” October 20, 2020, updated December 17, 2020.

To gain a fuller understanding of the complex relocation decisions Trump will face after noon on January 20, read our series on “Where can Trump go to escape the law?”

These articles, which contain analysis and suggestions from a seasoned international lawyer, would cost anyone thousands of dollars if he or she were to pay for them.

Together, they comprise a kind of “Extradition for Dummies” textbook.

Will Trump make it to the airport?

Leaving Washington, traveling to Mar-a-Lago?

Leaving Mar-a-Lago, traveling to the Bahamas?

Leaving the Bahamas, traveling to Havana, to transfer to a direct flight to Moscow?

There are further iterations of this question.

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James Rowles
"The Trenchant Observer" is edited and published by James Rowles (aka "The Observer"), an author and international lawyer who has taught International Law, Human Rights, and Comparative Law at major U.S. universities, including Harvard, Brandeis, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Kansas. Dr. Rowles is a former staff attorney at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) of the Organization of American States OAS), in Wasington, D.C., , where he was in charge of Brazil, Haiti, Mexico and the United States, and also worked on complaints from and reports on other countries including Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala. As an international development expert, he has worked on Rule of Law, Human Rights, and Judicial Reform in a number of countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and the Russian Federation. In the private sector, Dr. Rowles has worked as an international attorney for a leading national law firm and major global companies, on joint ventures and other matters in a number of countries in Europe (including Russia and the Ukraine), throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, and in Australia, Indonesia, Vietnam, China and Japan. The Trenchant Observer blog provides an unfiltered international perspective for news and opinion on current events, in their historical context, drawing on a daily review of leading German, French, Spanish and English newspapers as well as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and other American newspapers, and on sources in other countries relevant to issues being analyzed. Dr. Rowles speaks fluent English, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish, and also knows other languages. He holds an S.J.D. or Doctor of Juridical Science in International Law from Harvard University, and a Doctor of Law (J.D.) and a Master of the Science of Law (J.S.M.=LL.M.), from Stanford University. As an undergraduate, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree, also from Stanford, where he graduated “With Great Distinction” (summa cum laude) and received the James Birdsall Weter Prize for the best Senior Honors Thesis in History. In addition to having taught as a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, Dr. Rowles has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University's Center for International Affairs (CFIA). His fellowships include a Stanford Postdoctoral Fellowship in Law and Development, the Rómulo Gallegos Fellowship in International Human Rights awarded by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and a Harvard MacArthur Fellowship in International Peace and Security. Beyond his articles in The Trenchant Observer, he is the author of two books and numerous scholarly articles on subjects of international and comparative law. Currently he is working on a manuscript drawing on some the best articles that have appeared in the blog.