The presidency of Donald J. Trump is ending not with a whimper but with something like blissful silence.
This doesn’t mean the Trump administration ended early. On Monday, two days before the swearing in of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States, Trump issued an executive order calling for the creation of a statue-filled National Garden of American Heroes. On Tuesday, Trump’s last day in office, he’s set to issue dozens of pardons that are bound to make waves.
Yet something has nonetheless been different about the waning days of the Trump administration — and that is how little the president himself has been heard from.