Donald Trump is still US President for the next 69 days.
Even if he eventually comes to terms with losing the election and concedes defeat to Joe Biden, he still gets to be President for more than two months before handing over the keys to the Oval Office.
In the UK, the removal vans turn up at Number 10 the day after the election, and the outgoing PM has to leave the premises almost immediately after his or her chat with the Queen.
But in the US, the reins of power aren’t handed over until Inauguration Day - January 20th, as set out in the Twentieth Amendment to the US Constitution.
Interesting side note: It used to be March 4, but only because it took the President-elect longer to get to Washington DC by horse-drawn buggy.
And while there are certain checks and balances in place for the so-called ‘lame duck’ period, the outgoing President still gets to do all sorts of President stuff in that time.
Here’s a few things Donald Trump still has the power to do until Joe Biden takes over.
1. Executive orders and proclamations
While major changes to the law would require a vote in Congress - which is unlikely to happen - there are some things he can do with the stroke of a pen.
In recent years, the lame duck has been used by Presidents to put orders in place to restrict the actions of their successor.
For example, one of Obama’s last acts in office was to designate? five new national monuments - protecting 550 million acres of land and water, over fears Trump would slash environmental regulations. Which he did.
Plans for Trump’s final moves reportedly include finalising tighter rules on immigrant visas.
Another mooted order would funnel Covid-19 funding to parents in areas where school districts are shut down, which could be spent on private education.
Biden can overturn his executive orders when he takes office - but it can take a while to unpick them.
For the most part, outgoing Presidents use their final weeks in office to issue pardons.
Obama commuted 330 sentences on his last day in office - the most on record - though he had used the power sparingly for much of his presidency.
Many of those pardoned or commuted by Obama were drug offenders who he felt had unfairly harsh sentences. But in his final weeks, he also issued a pardon to Wikileaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning.
Before you ask, no, President Trump can’t pardon himself. Not unless he steps down early and asks Mike Pence to do it, which isn’t impossible, but doesn’t seem likely.
But Trump has previously used the power of the Presidential pardon to excuse friends and political allies, including hatchet man Roger Stone and campaign fraudster Dinesh D’Souza.
Trump’s pardon list could include people suspected of crimes connected to his 2016 campaign, or the infamous call to Ukraine which led to his impeachment. It could also include people suspected of crimes linked to his business interests.
That said, Trump has always been of the opinion that he had the power to pardon himself, he’s tweeted that a number of times. He might try.
3. Making money
One of the most unusual aspects of the Trump Presidency - which has garnered less attention than his brash pronouncements and brushes with foreign leaders - is his use of the office to literally make money for himself.
For example, he frequently spends time at his own hotels and golf resorts. And whenever he does, it’s not just himself who have to stay there - whole floors have to be booked out for secret service protection and staff.
And ironically, under anti-corruption rules, the Government can’t accept a discount on the standard rates for those rooms - they have to pay full whack.
A Washington Post report in August estimated Trump’s businesses had charged taxpayers $900,000 during his Presidency.
Similarly, when foreign dignitaries visit the United States, they often stay in the Trump International Hotel, which is a very, very expensive place to stay - and which makes money for the President.
Once he’s out of office, it’s likely the President will face lawsuits and possibly prosecution for using the office to line his pockets - there are laws against that kind of thing.
4. Firing people
This one has already begun.
Yesterday it emerged several top officials in the US Military - including the Secretary of Defence - had been sacked and replaced with Trump loyalists.
There’s a number of reasons Trump could be looking to shake up his staff.
One could be that he’s simply taking petty revenge on people he considers to have wronged him - and that’s a long list.
Another could be that he’s bulking up his friends’ CVs, giving them a high level job for a few months so that next time a Republican is in the White House, it’ll be easier to get them confirmed by Congress for high level jobs.
The third, and most terrifying possibility, is that he’s staffing up key positions with yes men in a bid to cling on to power despite losing the election.
Nobody’s calling it an attempted coup yet, but if you were going to mount a coup, the first people you’d want to ensure were on side is the military.
5. Giving orders to the military
Trump is still Commander in Chief of the US Armed Forces for another 69 days.
Now, it requires Congressional approval to formally declare war on another country.
But under the War Powers Act, the President can - after informing Congress he’s going to do it - commit troops to military action for up to 60 days without approval.
So technically, the President can still issue orders to the military and commit them to action in other countries for a couple of months before stepping down.
And military officers can only disobey his orders if they believe they are “illegal” or “immoral” - and even in that situation, their only option is to stand down and let someone else carry out the order.
6. Burn the house down
But there's been concern that Trump, furious at his defeat, might try and just do as much wanton damage to the state and trust in US democracy.
Some of this is covered above - but the worst damage he could do has already begun.
In repeatedly and loudly questioning the legitimacy of the election, he leads his millions of followers and supporters to do the same.
There's really no telling what such a wrecking ball will do to America. Richard Nixon's misdeeds in office sowed mistrust in American institutions which had ripples on for decades.
Continuing to deny reality and claim the election was stolen could whip up civil unrest - including from armed militias and white supremacist groups loyal to the Trump project.