Reporter Asks If Obama Will 'Move To Canada or New Zealand If Donald Trump Is Elected'

By Susan Jones | October 25, 2016 | 6:06 AM EDT

President Barack Obama waves before boarding Air Force One at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(CNSNews.com) - At Monday's press briefing, a reporter asked White House spokesman Josh Earnest if Barrack Obama will move to Canada or New Zealand if Donald Trump is elected president.

"He's working very hard to make sure that nobody has to move -- has to leave the country as a result of an electoral outcome that the president doesn't support," Earnest responded.

The reporter was serious, asking Earnest three times about Obama's comfort level if Trump wins.

"Josh, does the president feel comfortable living in an America where Donald Trump is president?" the reporter asked at first. (Monday's briefing took place aboard Air Force One.)

"Well, I think he alluded to this in his remarks over the last couple of days, indicating that despite the significant differences that he had with his opponents in 2008 and 2012, he had confidence that despite those vigorous disagreements, that those -- that both Senator McCain and Governor Romney would at least pursue the country's best interests as they saw it. He doesn't have that same kind of confidence about the current Republican nominee. And I think he's spoken to that in more colorful detail than I just did," Earnest said.

The reporter tried again: "But, so given that, is there a place for -- does he feel like there's a place for him in this country if Donald Trump is elected President, given the doomsday terms that he's talked about this?"

Earnest said he thinks the "kind of rhetoric that we've seen from the Republican nominee, the kinds of values that he claims to champion, I think raises questions in the minds of many Americans about whether or not he's committed to the kind of inclusive society that are consistent with long-held American values and are consistent with the kind of country that the vast majority of Americans actually want to live in."

"So he wouldn't move to Canada or New Zealand if Donald Trump is elected?" the reporter tried again.

"He's working very hard to make sure that nobody has to move -- has to leave the country as a result of an electoral outcome that the President doesn't support."

President Obama told ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Monday night that he is planning to spend the next few years in Washington, D.C., so his youngest daughter, a sophomore, can graduate from the private school she's attended since her father became president.

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