House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Monday that President Trump will be “fumigated” out of the White House if he loses the upcoming election and refuses to concede. Questions about a peaceful transfer of power to a presidential successor, which is considered one of the hallmarks of American democracy, have drawn attention after contentious statements from Trump. 

“There is a process. It has nothing to do with if the certain occupant of the White House doesn’t feel like moving and has to be fumigated out of there because the presidency is the presidency,” Pelosi said in an MSNBC interview.

“Whether he knows it yet or not, he will be leaving,” Pelosi continued. “Just because he might not want to move out of the White House doesn’t mean we won’t have an inauguration ceremony to inaugurate a duly elected president of the United States.”

During a “Fox News Sunday” interview broadcast this weekend, Trump said he would “have to see” if he would accept the results of the election.

“Are you suggesting that you might not accept the results of the election?” host Chris Wallace asked Trump at the White House. 

“No. I have to see,” Trump said. “Look you - I have to see. No, I’m not going to just say ‘yes.’ I’m not going to say ‘no.’ And I didn’t last time, either.”

Trump then repeated his false claim that mail-in voting would “rig” the election. More voters will send in their mail-in ballots for the November election, as citizens prefer to stay home due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

In an interview in June with "The Daily Show" host Trevor Noah, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said he was “absolutely convinced” that the military would escort Trump out of the White House if he refuses to concede.

“I promise you, I'm absolutely convinced, they will escort him from the White House in a dispatch," Biden told Noah, referring to Trump. 

Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen has made a more ominous warning, saying he fears “there will never be a peaceful transition of power.”

“I fear that if [Trump] loses the election in 2020, that there will never be a peaceful transition of power. And this is why I agreed to appear before you today,” Cohen said in his closing speech before the House Oversight Committee in February 2019.

Recent polls show Biden beating Trump by double-digits in the general election. Trump’s approval has dropped amid his handling of COVID-19 and the nationwide protests over racial justice.