Reviewing Pres. Trump's time in office and what's next for the family

Chief White House Correspondent Jon Karl and ABC News producer John Santucci look back at Donald Trump's controversial term as the 45th President of the United States.
4:11 | 01/19/21

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We want to bring in someone you don't usually hear from John Santucci, our top ABC news producer who has been covering trump since before he announced his candidacy to the final day of his presidency and, John, you have been covering as we sd since even he began running for president and not only just covering Donald Trump, but several members of the trump family. What do you believe is next for them? Well, robin, I've been talking to many people close to the family for the last several days and what they say to me is that the trump show needs to go on hiatus. The trumps need to take a little time out of the spotlight and especially after what we saw in the last two weeks, robin, you know, plans that some members of the family had are quite derailed in some ways, you know, they all want to stay involved in politics going back to real estate did not in the lexicon for the broader trump family. Ivanka Trump being a great example. She was heard in John's piece one of the closest people to her father, her office right above the oval office and told she wants to stay in politics. Some have talked to her eventually about some sort of run for higher office. But it's quite hard right now and I'm told that the plans as they were trying to take shape in the last several months after the riots, after what we saw on capitol, everything right now for the trump family, robin, is on ice. You have to imagine that. Jon, the president facing a second impeachment trial. He's facing criminal investigations, certainly in new York likely in Georgia as well. Civil cases on several fronts at this point, owes $300 million and losing sponsorships for the trump organization at this point, do you think it's sunk in for the president himself the kind of challenges he's facing starting at 12:01 tomorrow? Reporter: I think it has. I think that's one reason in addition to the fact that he has been banned by Twitter, his favorite outlet, his biggest megaphone he's been so quiet. I can't recall a period over the past four years where he has been as quiet as he has over this past week. I think that, you know, there was a lot of talk and I think he is going to try to be a major player in American politics after he leaves, he's going to try to be the kingmaker in Republican politics and leave open the possibility of running for president, but, man, he's got a lot he's going to be contending with that will make that very, very difficult. Jon, you and other, so many of our colleagues have been with the president since day one and even before like you, John Santucci so looking back, how are you going to sum up this experience of covering the trump family for over six years? You know, robin, I was thinking about this and actually last night because there's been a lot of memories and I think the best way is the first interview we did with president trump, I went to greet him in the red room of the white house and he walked in, we were having a conversation and I started to say to him this is -- and he cut me off almost reading my mind and said, unbelievable. I truly think that is the best word to encapsulate everything we've seen over the last six years. It was a person that we never thought could win. It was a person that we didn't know and weren't sure how he would govern and every day I think of this presidency I truly believe unbelievable is the best word there. That and all the early text messages from George for what's happening, that is going to be my takeaway. Those 4:15 calls, what's new? I'll find something else to ask you. John uses the word unbelievable. Jon Karl, I think of another word when you think of the character of Donald Trump and maybe this ending is inevitable. Reporter: Yeah, I mean the ending sure seems inevitable. George, I was there when he first met Barack Obama and walked into the white house. I think we'll always remember he refused to acknowledge Biden and refused to be at his inauguration, left town before he was sworn in. Jon Karl, John Santucci, thanks very much. First lady Melania's parting words to the country and her legacy in our next hour.

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