It’s not the first time that questions have been raised about whether Donald Trump will leave the White House willingly if he fails to win re-election in November. However, the president’s refusal to say during an interview aired Sunday whether or not he would accept the results of the election prompted his presumptive opponent, Joe Biden, not only to warn again that Trump can be physically removed from the White House if he refuses to leave, but to load the language by referring to Trump’s role in that event as “trespasser.”
“The United States government is perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House,” the Biden campaign said in a statement, according to ABC.
This followed newly elevated concerns that Trump might refuse to leave at the end of his term, thanks to his response in an interview aired on Sunday. When asked by interviewer Chris Wallace whether he’d accept the results of the election, Trump would only say, “I don’t know. We’ll have to see.”
Biden has previously assured the American public that a president who refuses to leave after his term is over can be escorted from the White House, but never so starkly called the former president, in that situation, a “trespasser.”
Though Trump indicated on Sunday that he might refuse to accept the election results, he has previously said that he would leave the White House peacefully if he doesn’t lose, as Politico reported last month. At that time, Trump told an interviewer that he would “go on and do other things,” but that it would be “a very bad thing for our country.”
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