Will President Trump refuse to leave the White House?

Bob Woodward says President Trump’s efforts to undermine the public’s confidence in the election is creating a perfect storm that could result in his refusal to leave office.

“All of us in our business are going to have to wear seatbelts and a shoulder harness,” Woodward told Yahoo News Editor in Chief Daniel Klaidman and Chief Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff during a live edition of the “Skullduggery” podcast on Thursday. “We are running into a hurricane, a hailstorm and a tsunami all at the same time. God knows what’s going to happen.”

In interviews Woodward conducted with Trump for his new book, “Rage,” the renowned Washington Post journalist asked the president about whether he would refuse to leave office if he loses a close or contested election.

Trump cut Woodward off, saying he did not want to comment on such a scenario. 

Asked on “Skullduggery” whether he believed Trump would resist leaving the White House as he is constitutionally required to do, Woodward replied: “Anything is possible. Absolutely anything is possible in Trumpworld.”

39 PHOTOSPresident Trump's indoor campaign rally in NevadaSee GalleryPresident Trump's indoor campaign rally in NevadaHENDERSON, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 13:U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at Xtreme Manufacturing on September 13, 2020 in Henderson, Nevada. Trump’s visit comes after Nevada Republicans blamed Democratic Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak for blocking other events he had planned in the state.(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)Supporters cheer as President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at Xtreme Manufacturing, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Henderson, Nev. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a rally at Xtreme Manufacturing, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Henderson, Nev. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Supporters cheer as President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at Xtreme Manufacturing, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Henderson, Nev. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at Xtreme Manufacturing, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Henderson, Nev. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Supporters try to catch a hat thrown into the crowd as President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at Xtreme Manufacturing, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Henderson, Nev. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at Xtreme Manufacturing, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Henderson, Nev. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Some of thousands of people who turned out Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, wait to enter a President Donald Trump campaign re-election rally for at an equipment rental assembly plant in Henderson, Nev. Officials in the city outside Las Vegas warned Xtreme Manufacturing by letter and verbally that the event violated COVID-19 emergency directives by Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak prohibiting gatherings to no more than 50 people in a private or public setting. The city said it might fine organizers up to $500 per violation and suspend or revoke its business license. (AP Photo/Ken Ritter)President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at Xtreme Manufacturing, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Henderson, Nev. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a rally at Xtreme Manufacturing, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Henderson, Nev. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at Xtreme Manufacturing, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Henderson, Nev. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a rally at Xtreme Manufacturing, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Henderson, Nev. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Supporters react as President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at Xtreme Manufacturing, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Henderson, Nev. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a rally at Xtreme Manufacturing, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Henderson, Nev. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a rally at Xtreme Manufacturing, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Henderson, Nev. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)President Donald Trump reacts to the crowd as he speaks at a rally at Xtreme Manufacturing, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Henderson, Nev. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Supporters wait for President Donald Trump to speak at a rally at Xtreme Manufacturing, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Henderson, Nev. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Supporters wait for President Donald Trump to speak at a rally at Xtreme Manufacturing, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Henderson, Nev. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)A supporter waits for President Donald Trump to speak at a rally at Xtreme Manufacturing, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Henderson, Nev. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Supporters cheer as President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at Xtreme Manufacturing, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Henderson, Nev. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Supporters wait for President Donald Trump to speak at a rally at Xtreme Manufacturing, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Henderson, Nev. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Supporters wait for President Donald Trump to speak at a rally at Xtreme Manufacturing, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Henderson, Nev. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Dana White, head of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, center, accompanied by some Ultimate Fighting Championship fighters, listen as President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at Xtreme Manufacturing, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Henderson, Nev. Also pictured is Rick Harrison, who appears on the television show Pawn Stars, left. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Supporters cheer as President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at Xtreme Manufacturing, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Henderson, Nev. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Supporters of President Donald Trump wait for him to take the stage at a rally at Xtreme Manufacturing, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Henderson, Nev. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)El presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, llega para hablar en un mitin en Xtreme Manufacturing, el domingo 13 de septiembre de 2020, en Henderson, Nevada. (AP Foto/Andrew Harnik)Supporters cheer as President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at Xtreme Manufacturing, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Henderson, Nev. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Supporters wait for President Donald Trump to speak at a rally at Xtreme Manufacturing, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Henderson, Nev. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Supporters wait for President Donald Trump to speak at a rally at Xtreme Manufacturing, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Henderson, Nev. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)HENDERSON, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 13:U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at Xtreme Manufacturing on September 13, 2020 in Henderson, Nevada. Trump’s visit comes after Nevada Republicans blamed Democratic Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak for blocking other events he had planned in the state.(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)HENDERSON, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 13:Kimberly Guilfoyle speaks at a campaign event for U.S. President Donald Trump at Xtreme Manufacturing on September 13, 2020 in Henderson, Nevada. Trump’s visit comes after Nevada Republicans blamed Democratic Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak for blocking other events he had planned in the state.(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)HENDERSON, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 13:U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at Xtreme Manufacturing on September 13, 2020 in Henderson, Nevada. Trump’s visit comes after Nevada Republicans blamed Democratic Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak for blocking other events he had planned in the state.(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)HENDERSON, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 13:A supporter holds up a “Peaceful Protester” sign during a campaign event for U.S. President Donald Trump at Xtreme Manufacturing on September 13, 2020 in Henderson, Nevada. Trump’s visit comes after Nevada Republicans blamed Democratic Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak for blocking other events he had planned in the state.(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)HENDERSON, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 13:Supporters hold up signs during a campaign event for U.S. President Donald Trump at Xtreme Manufacturing on September 13, 2020 in Henderson, Nevada. Trump’s visit comes after Nevada Republicans blamed Democratic Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak for blocking other events he had planned in the state.(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)HENDERSON, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 13:U.S. President Donald Trump claps after speaking at a campaign event at Xtreme Manufacturing on September 13, 2020 in Henderson, Nevada. Trump’s visit comes after Nevada Republicans blamed Democratic Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak for blocking other events he had planned in the state.(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)HENDERSON, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 13:Kimberly Guilfoyle waves after speaking at a campaign event for U.S. President Donald Trump at Xtreme Manufacturing on September 13, 2020 in Henderson, Nevada. Trump’s visit comes after Nevada Republicans blamed Democratic Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak for blocking other events he had planned in the state.(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)HENDERSON, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 13:U.S. President Donald Trump gestures after speaking at a campaign event at Xtreme Manufacturing on September 13, 2020 in Henderson, Nevada. Trump’s visit comes after Nevada Republicans blamed Democratic Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak for blocking other events he had planned in the state.(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)HENDERSON, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 13:U.S. President Donald Trump gives a thumbs-up after speaking at a campaign event at Xtreme Manufacturing on September 13, 2020 in Henderson, Nevada. Trump’s visit comes after Nevada Republicans blamed Democratic Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak for blocking other events he had planned in the state.(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)HENDERSON, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 13:U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at Xtreme Manufacturing on September 13, 2020 in Henderson, Nevada. Trump’s visit comes after Nevada Republicans blamed Democratic Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak for blocking other events he had planned in the state.(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)Up Next

See Gallery

Trump’s repeated attacks on mail-in voting, false claims of widespread voter fraud and his refusal to commit to accepting the election results have led to speculation that he may try to retain power regardless of the outcome. His opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, has said he believes Trump may try to delay the Nov. 3 vote if he thinks he will lose. And, in an interview with Fox News in July, Trump declined to say he would accept the election results.

“No,” Trump told Chris Wallace. “I have to see.”

Woodward said that reporters need to be prepared for all imaginable scenarios, and to “bleach out the emotional reactions” to Trump’s penchant for relaying falsehoods.

“‘Oh, this isn’t true, that isn’t true.’ OK, but let’s find out what is true,” Woodward said.

Read more from Yahoo News:

  • Sign up for the Yahoo 2020 Election Newsletter

  • Woodward says Trump has ‘lost his way not just as a president but as a human being’

  • Husband of Scarborough aide who died in 2001 speaks out about Trump’s tweets: ‘It’s just inhuman’

  • Yahoo News-YouGov Poll: Biden’s lead over Trump shrinks to 6 points

  • Why a herd immunity approach to COVID-19 could be a deadly disaster

Source: Read Full Article