Donald Trump's presidency 'likely to be second shortest in history', says presidential historian

Donald Trump's presidency 'likely to be second shortest in history', says presidential historian
US President Donald J. Trump (L) and US Vice President Mike Pence (R) enter the Oval Office Getty Images

Donald Trump’s presidency is likely to be the second shortest ever, a leading historian and author has claimed.

Professor Ronald L Feinman predicted that the former reality TV star will stay in the top job "between the 31 days of William Henry Harrison in 1841", who died pneumonia and the "199 days of James A. Garfield in 1881", who died 79 days after he was shot by an assassin "after terrible suffering and medical malpractice".

Even if his time in office is "dragged out", Professor Feinman predicted that Mr Trump is unlikely to last the 16 months and 5 days of 12th president Zachary Taylor, who died of a digestive ailment while Head of State in 1850.

The 20th century American history professor, who recently published a book about the unfortunate fates of US leaders, added that he thought the “Pence Presidency” was inevitable. He was referring to Mr Trump's Vice President, Mike Pence, who would take over if Mr Trump was to leave the leadership.

In a blog post, he added that he thought it was likely that Mr Trump will be impeached or forced to resign in a matter of weeks.

His prediction comes shortly after the White House admitted the President was told several weeks ago that his National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had not told the truth about a telephone call with a Russian diplomat.

The news fuelled broader concerns about his closeness to Russian President Vladimir Putin and the role his country may have played in helping Mr Trump's election.

Professor Feinman, who teaches at Florida Atlantic University, suggested the businessman turned politician is more generally unsuitable for office.

“Many foreign policy professionals are shaking their head at Trump’s inappropriate behaviour and language every time he speaks in public, or issues a Twitter comment, and his instability and recklessness”, he said, citing Mr Trump's decision to hold a security meeting over the North Korean missile test in a public space in earshot of other people as “a sign of his failure to act responsibly”.

“The fact that Vice President Mike Pence played a major role in pushing Flynn out is a sign that Pence is already asserting himself with Trump” he said, adding the vice President often appears uncomfortable with Mr Trump’s “freewheeling and careless behaviour”.

No US president has ever been successfully impeached, although an attempt was made to Bill Clinton but he was acquitted by the Senate.

Richard Nixon also resigned before he could be impeached for serious wrongdoing in the Watergate scandal.

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balian101
balian101
Feb 16
historian predicting the future? Hmmm
American Media Live
American Media Live
Feb 16
Conspiracy to undermine him is fully underway. Fake news in full collusion. Disgraceful once again.
Pronounced Key-Veen
Pronounced Key-Veen
Feb 16
he's doing everything himself.
SpikeTaylor
SpikeTaylor
Feb 16
Have a nice day
s.d.m
s.d.m
Feb 16
let this be true
ssenyondobonnie
ssenyondobonnie
Feb 16
The historian may be wrong as some in his field have sometimes been.
TeresaBlake
TeresaBlake
Feb 16
we can hope!
Rheon Wyn
Rheon Wyn
Feb 16
Like Big Sam's England tenure on a grander scale
Kathleenwalker
Kathleenwalker
Feb 16
impeached and soon ,his relationship with Russia Is treasoneous
Marcia Pearson
Marcia Pearson
Feb 16
@Kathleenwalker
Not true
Dan
Dan
Feb 16
Fingers crossed
Akorede Shakir #SDGs
Akorede Shakir #SDGs
Feb 16
FAKE historian
Priest
Priest
Feb 16
I've just watched a bit on my phone. He's definitely off his tits.
Dan
Dan
Feb 16
I'm watching his press conference live right now. He's getting worse by the day. Total car crash.
Larry Everhart
Larry Everhart
Feb 17
@Dan
If you don't like it here, because he is our President, then leave with the rest of them. Good Bye.
Dan
Dan
Feb 16
I bet. There's me think we've got it bad in the UK with PM May.
Priest
Priest
Feb 16
I reckon we are in a new age of history, where mental things happen constantly until people stop being stupid.
Dan
Dan
Feb 16
and on a different planet. Stupid rules not allowing a 3rd term for Obama.
Marcia Pearson
Marcia Pearson
Feb 16
@Dan
He can get the hell out of here
Simon Palade
Simon Palade
Feb 16
@Dan
no dynasties
Priest
Priest
Feb 16
did he genuinely just suggest the popular thing would've been to blow a Russian ship out the water? Jesus fucking Christ.
Simon Palade
Simon Palade
Feb 16
@Priest
Oh shit
Dan
Dan
Feb 16
I'm sort of watching through my fingers cringing
Marcia Pearson
Marcia Pearson
Feb 16
@Dan
I love the president !!! You people leave him alone !!!! He is doing a lot better than Obama has ever done !!!
Justin Speece
Justin Speece
Feb 16
seriously. It's been too long as it is.
Justin Speece
Justin Speece
Feb 16
yeah. We win on the worst. Like THE worst.