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Obama joked that Trump might have to get dragged out of the White House by Navy SEALs if he keeps refusing to concede

Obama joked that Trump might have to get dragged out of the White House by Navy SEALs if he keeps refusing to concede
Obama joked that Trump might have to get dragged out of the White House by Navy SEALs if he keeps refusing to concede
Barack Obama appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," where Kimmel asked what might happen if Trump were to physically refuse to leave the White House.
  • Barack Obama joked that Navy SEALs could remove President Donald Trump from the White House if he refused to leave on Inauguration Day.
  • He made the quip while appearing on Jimmy Kimmel's talk show Thursday night.
  • Trump has refused to concede the US election and has launched baseless challenges to the result, with aides saying he expects to stay in office for another term.
  • Obama also said he wished Trump would work with President-elect Joe Biden during the transition period.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Former President Barack Obama joked that President Donald Trump could be removed from the White House by Navy SEALs if he refused to leave on Inauguration Day.

Obama appeared on Thursday night's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," where Kimmel riffed about what might happen if an unnamed person - clearly Trump - were trying not to be found.

"You know the White House well," Kimmel said. "You lived there for eight years. Are there places someone could hide? Like, if, say, they were going to be removed? Are there little cubby holes or anything that you know about?"

Obama laughed along and said: "Well, I think we can always send the Navy SEALs in to dig him out."

You can watch the moment here, at 10:54 into the video:

The moment was a response to Trump's ongoing refusal to concede the election to President-elect Joe Biden.

He has instead spread baseless claims of voter fraud and launched legal challenges in battleground states. The Trump campaign has already lost most of these lawsuits.

Trump is due to remain president until Inauguration Day, on January 20. He continues to argue that he won the election and has not publicly discussed how far he might go to stay in the White House.

Read more: 'No one can talk about it': Federal officials are fuming as transition books are gathering dust on their desks and their Trump-appointed bosses won't acknowledge Biden's win

A president has never had to be forcibly removed from the White House, and there is no set procedure for doing so.

Government experts and former officials previously told Insider that doing so could fall to the Secret Service if Trump refused to leave.

A representative for Biden also previously referred to the possibility of removing Trump from the White House.

The representative said the US government was "perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House" in response to early suggestions that Trump would not succeed.

Biden has also been denied access to transition materials, including funding and access to intelligence briefings to government agencies.

Speaking on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," Obama said: "I wish the transition was going better."

"We lose time during these crises."

Biden has warned that more people could die of COVID-19 if Trump does not start the transition process.

Obama continued: "When I came in, we were in the middle of a big crisis: the financial crisis.

"George W. Bush - he and I had obviously big policy differences - but he's a good man. He's a patriot. And he ordered everybody on his team to work seamlessly with us on the transition."

He said Bush "could not have been more gracious, could not have been more helpful."

"And that actually helped us be able to get a head start on trying to stem what could have been a great depression instead of a great recession," he continued.

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