Florida (Reuters) — President Trump, who was accused of stealing the White House lawn in November, has now stolen the entire White House and moved it to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, sources say.
“Sources tell Reuters that the president has accepted the reality that he lost the 2020 election, and that he will leave the White House on Inauguration Day,” said CNN’s Erin Burnett. “It’s just that the White House has already been moved to his private Florida estate, leaving a giant vacant lot at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.”
There is no legal scenario in which Trump can remain in the White House beyond January 20th now that Joe Biden has won the Electoral College vote. Entering or remaining in any restricted building violates 18 US Code § 1752, which recommends a punishment of a fine or imprisonment of up to one year. But there is no law which prevents the president from moving the entire building to a new location.
President-Elect Biden’s legal team is exploring options for returning the building to Washington DC, but experts say Biden has nobody on staff capable of getting the job done before election day 2024.