Will Ivanka help remove Trump from White House? Secret Service may rope her in if outgoing POTUS refuses to go

One of the possible outcomes of President Donald Trump claiming that the elections were rigged may be his refusal to leave the White House on the assigned day


                            Will Ivanka help remove Trump from White House? Secret Service may rope her in if outgoing POTUS refuses to go
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One of the possible outcomes of President Donald Trump claiming that the elections were rigged may be his refusal to leave the White House on the assigned day and let President-Elect Joe Biden move in as is the tradition. So if that were to happen in real life, what can be done? A former senior Secret Service agent weighed in on the situation in an interview with Daily Beast, and said that the first option would be to choose a family member such as Ivanka Trump to convince and help her father move out of the White House on January 20. He was quoted as saying, "I’d have a conversation with the chief of staff, and then the family, Ivanka, and the other kids, and say, it’s going to be your job to make sure he’s gone." The second possibility that the agent listed was: "When the staff leaves on January 19, don’t let them back into the complex the next day. He can’t do anything without his staff."

But what if Trump refused to throw in the towel despite the absence of any of his employees? A second official was quoted in the report as saying that by then the rightful occupant of the White House would be Biden and if Trump refused to leave, he would become a trespasser. The official said, "Well, I guess by law he would be a trespasser,” the agent said and added, “We’d have to escort him out.” 

There were also questions regarding if and how the incoming president would be able to work without a functioning office, which in this case is the White House. There will be no confusion about who the president really is. Meaning, on January 6, right after the certification of the electoral vote, President-elect Joe Biden will receive a briefing regarding 'the football' -- the president’s emergency satchel with a secure satellite phone and laminated nuclear-war option guide inside -- from the White House Military Office. The office will also accept, from the National Security Agency, a set of presidential authentication cards, known as biscuits, that will be active the moment Biden is sworn in. 

Each of the cards features two columns of letters and numbers on it, which are used by the Pentagon emergency-action controllers to positively identify the president. When Biden's authentication card becomes active, it is only natural that Trump's would become inactive, and hence there is really no conflict then. There is no ambiguity either regarding the efficiency of holding office outside of the White House. While the Pentagon's command and control centers will not heed any of Trump's orders, as far as the US military is concerned, billions of dollars have been spent to ensure the commander-in-chief (Biden, in this case) can execute a war plan from anywhere on earth, despite being unable to occupy the White House immediately. 

As of now, there have also been speculations about what Trump would do after his stint as the president of the United States and many believe that he might return ot Mar-a-Lago along with his wife Melania and their son Barron Trump. Reports about Melania shopping for prep schools in Florida have also surfaced adding more fuel to the speculation. 

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