“It’s pretty difficult to think over the course of 50-60 days that you can do something constructive — but you can do something that’s really destructive,” retired Adm. Michael Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recently told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Until Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20, Trump is well within his rights to use his presidential powers to push his administration’s policy goals in places like Iran, Afghanistan and Iraq…

Moreover, some experts say there is a risk not only from inside the White House, but among America’s adversaries who may see opportunity in a distracted Washington.

Some believe North Korea could take the opportunity to launch a new missile or conduct a nuclear test. Or that China might test U.S. resolve by increasing military and economic pressure on Taiwan, the self-governed island that Beijing claims as its own province.