A former White House adviser said Friday that staff were discussing the possibility that President Trump would refuse to peacefully leave his post and transfer power if he lost the November 3rd election.
Olivia Troye, who worked on the White House’s coronavirus task force and assisted Vice President Mike Pence on counter-terrorism and homeland security, left the administration in August and told CNN on Friday that she and other staff had had “closed doors” talks the President’s unwillingness to leave office.
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“It’s scary to me because, to be honest, during my tenure in the White House, I had closed-door conversations with White House staff and other government officials, including people from the intelligence community, where we actually talked about what If, what if he loses and refuses to leave, or better yet, what if his plan is for Donald Trump̵
Troye left the administration long before Trump refused to say whether or not he would peacefully change power should he lose the election.
“We have to see what happens,” Trump replied to a reporter. “You know, I complained about the ballots and the ballots are a disaster.”
Trump has repeatedly questioned the security of postal ballot papers that they describe as “fraud” and claim that they will lead to invalid election results.
While more than half of Americans will vote by mail due to the coronavirus, which is reportedly on the rise in 22 states, 40 percent of voters in 2016 and 2012 voted by mail with little evidence of fraud.
“Get rid of the ballots, you will have a transfer – you will have a very peaceful one – honestly there will be no transfer. There will be a sequel, “added Trump during a press conference on Wednesday.
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“The President, when he’s joking, when he says he’s joking, he’s telling you half the truth,” Troye said. “And there’s something pretty terrifying and creepy in there.”
Since leaving the White House in August, Troye has emerged as a harsh critic of the government, particularly in Trump’s handling of the coronavirus.
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“If the president had taken this virus seriously, or if he had actually tried to say how serious it is, he would have slowed the spread of the virus, it would have saved lives,” Troye said in an ad published earlier this month to Politico.
Troye, a Conservative, has endorsed Democratic candidate Joe Biden.