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Politics Here's what could happen if an ex-president refuses to leave the White House

00:06  01 october  2020
00:06  01 october  2020 Source:   businessinsider.com

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How can the mainstream media recall almost three years of lies and slander they have been feeding the country and the world? Besides, the President only has the authority given him by the people. The armed forces aren’t pledged to What happens if Trump refuses to leave the White House ?

Could he legally refuse ? Probably not. While I am unaware of a specific federal law requiring him to live there, his security is under the direction of the No law requires the President to live in the White House ; one can legally do what one is not legally prohibited from doing. The Secret Service is part of

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  • For months, President Trump has been noncommittal about accepting the results of the 2020 election, alarming many Americans.
  • Since Trump took office in 2017, he has repeatedly discussed the possibility of staying in office for longer than two terms.
  • It remains unclear whether or not the Secret Service would play a role in removing a president who refuses to leave the White House premises.
  • If a president who lost the election refused to leave the White House, top military leaders have emphatically stated that civilian authorities would have to resolve the election.
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With President Trump continually making conflicting statements on whether he'd leave office in January 2021, the notion of a peaceful transfer of power is becoming murkier by the day. The question of who would be responsible for physically removing a president from the White House is relevant for perhaps the first time in modern history.

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Refusal to leave office is rare, but not unheard of. In the past decade, presidents in democracies such as Moldova, Sri Lanka, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Gambia have refused to leave If necessary, the successor could direct federal agents to forcibly remove Trump from the White House .

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At the moment, it is unclear who would have to manage such a nightmare scenario on Inauguration Day, but possible players include the newly-elected President and the Secret Service.

If a losing president still occupies the White House after his term expires in late January, the newly-elected President would likely have the power to direct the Secret Service to remove that individual from the premises, since any federal agents would no longer report to the old president. Even though former presidents retain a Secret Service detail, they are private citizens after their terms end and would no longer have presidential powers.

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Former White House National Security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in December 2017. He had lied about conversations Joshua Sandman, a professor of political science at the University of New Haven, says he does not think Mr Trump would ever refuse to leave office

Last week, when asked by a reporter, Trump refused to ensure a transfer of power if he felt like the election wasn't honest, pivoting to mail-in ballots, which he feels are rife with fraudulent votes.

"We'll have to see what happens," he said. "You know that I've been strongly complaining about the ballots, and the ballots are a disaster. Get rid of the ballots and we'll have a very peaceful — there won't be a transfer, frankly, there'll be a continuation."

This past June, Biden appeared on "The Daily Show" with Trevor Noah and said it was his belief that military leaders wouldn't let Trump stay in the White House past his term if he lost.

"You have so many rank and file military personnel saying, well, we're not a military state, this is not who we are," he said. "I promise you, I'm absolutely convinced, they will escort him [Trump] from the White House in a dispatch."

However, contrary to Biden's statement, the military would not involve itself in election conflicts. In response to a House query to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, he made a commitment to that effect.

"In the event of a dispute over some aspect of the elections, by law U.S. courts and the U.S. Congress are required to resolve any disputes, not the U.S. Military," he said. "We will not turn our backs on the Constitution of the United States."

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