A former aide to Vice President Mike Pence said White House staff have discussed the possibility that President Donald Trump will refuse to step down if he loses the November 3 election.
Olivia Troye is a former counterterrorism adviser to Pence who joined the campaign against Trump last week and said she would vote for Biden, and has been around the media interviews.
In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Friday, she said other staff had held “closed-door” conversations about the president’s potential refusal to leave office after his term expires.
“It’s scary for 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 members of the government. from the intelligence community, where we actually discussed what if, and if he loses and refuses to leave, or better yet, what if his plan is four more years for Donald Trump to he win, and will he leave after that? Said Troye.
Former Pence employee Olivia Troye told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that White House staff discussed the possibility of President Donald Trump refusing to step down
Controversy erupted this week over Trump’s remarks on accepting the election results and refusing to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses
Troye left the White House long before controversy erupted this week over Trump’s remarks about accepting the election results.
“We’re going to have to see what happens,” Trump said in response to a reporter. “You know, I complained about the ballots and the ballots are a disaster.
Trump has repeatedly argued that a massive increase in postal ballots this year opens the door to fraud, questioning whether the election would be “fair.”
“Get rid of the ballots, you’ll have a very transfer – you’ll have a very calm one – there won’t be a transfer, frankly.” There will be a continuation, ”Trump said at a press conference Wednesday.
“The president when he’s joking, if he says he’s joking, he’s telling you a half-truth,” Troye said in the CNN interview. “And there is something pretty scary and scary about it.
“What you see is what you get,” she added. “You should have confidence in this. He doesn’t hide it.
Troye is a former counterterrorism advisor to Pence who joined the campaign against Trump last week and said she would vote for Biden, and has been around the media.
Trump’s refusal to engage in a peaceful transfer of power in the event of loss sparked a rapid backlash from both parties in Congress
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters on Thursday: “The president will accept the results of a free and fair election. “
In video and interviews, Troye accused Trump of mismanaging the coronavirus and of being more concerned about his re-election prospects than saving lives.
The White House responded with an aggressive campaign to discredit her through a barrage of statements, interviews and denunciations from the lectern in the White House briefing room.
“These are not brave profiles, but they are profiles of cowardice,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said of Troye firing her as part of a “fringe club of, quote, “Never Trumpers” who are in desperate need of relevance.