Why Trump won’t get his library?

Why Trump won’t get his library?
What will Donald Trump’s presidential library be like? Pundits have variously predicted that it will be a “shrine to his ego”, a theme park, or a “full MAGA” exercise in rebranding his presidency, says Anthony Clark, but here’s a more likely possibility: there won’t be a library. This isn’t because Trump left office under a cloud – so did Richard Nixon, and he has a library. No, it’s because it’s “nearly impossible to imagine” Trump overcoming the complex challenges involved in creating one. These libraries – part archive, part museum – are a hugely expensive undertaking. You have to raise hundreds of millions of dollars from donors to build and equip one. And if you want the federal government to recognise it as an official facility and commit to looking after it, you have to donate all or part of it to the government and stump up an additional 60% of the full project costs as an endowment. Finding a site is also a real headache, even for popular presidents. Barack Obama’s efforts to break ground on his “Obama Centre” have been delayed for years by community opposition in his home city of Chicago. His experience shows just how hard it would be for Trump – a man who, while certainly hungry for validation, is “not known for focus or persistence”.
 

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