Donald Trump could use his “limitless power” to cause huge damage during his last 75 days as US President, it is claimed.
Analysts say there will be “no constraints” to stop the defeated leader from carrying out revenge on his political enemies and rewarding his allies.
He will not leave the White House until Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20 – nearly 11 weeks away.
The Axios website reported he will “have almost limitless power to reward his friends, settle scores and stack boards and commissions with his allies during his final days in office”.
During that time, experts say it means the US could be facing the most dangerous period in its history, according to The Guardian.
Malcolm Nance, an intelligence analyst, said Trump would spend his last days “wrecking the United States like a malicious child with a sledgehammer in a china shop”.
He said: “We’re likely to see the greatest political temper tantrum in history.
“He may decide he wants to go out with a bang, he may decide he will not accept the election result.
“Who knows what a cornered autocrat will do?”
He fears it could lead to civil unrest in the streets, as Trump supporters including armed militias “rise up en masse and say we don’t accept this, Donald Trump’s our man”.
He warned they could “start parading and taking over boards of elections”, according to the Guardian.
Fears have been also been raised Trump could threaten global security by withdrawing diplomats and the military in sensitive regions like the Middle East, news.com.au reports.
Trump could do “untold damage with last-day acts”, including firing senior intelligence and security officials to “issuing pardons to his criminal associates”, according to the Washington Post.
Garry Kasparov, chair of the Human Rights Foundation, wrote in CNN: “Trump will likely spend his last months in a flurry of self-dealing, tossing out pardons and trying to discredit his opponents and the system itself.”
But John Burke, an expert in presidential transitions, told Axios presidents leaving the White House “usually do not feel wholly unrestrained” as they worry about their historical legacy.
He added: “It might be tempting for him to fire those he deems disloyal, for example, but it will not serve him well over the long run. Pettiness is an expensive exercise.”