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If Donald Trump should pull off a win on Nov. 8, President Obama will make good on his promise to provide a "peaceful transfer of power" and will personally escort him to the Capitol for his inauguration, a White House spokesman said Thursday.

"That will be some car ride," deputy press secretary Eric Schultz quickly added, noting that Obama is "diametrically opposed" to the views the Republican nominee espouses. "But that's in the best interests of our nation. And that's consistent with hundreds of years of tradition."

Schultz was responding to a reporter's question about Trump's refusal to say he would automatically accept the election's outcome, but would decide later and keep the nation in suspense until then.

He referred to Obama's remarks Tuesday when he chided Trump to "stop whining" about the possibility of a rigged election and focus on making his case to voters instead.

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The White House, Schultz said, is already in transition planning mode and has been so for months, and began the process after the nominating conventions. "Our approach has been evenhanded… that work is gong to continue unabated," he said.

Schultz also dismissed comparisons from the Trump campaign and other Republicans of his refusal to accept the election outcome to Al Gore's contention of the Florida results in 2000.

In 2000, he said, there was an automatic recount triggered in the state of Florida based on the close margins of the result.

"After that was litigated, the vice president conceded the election gracefully and with dignity," he said. "And he did so because it was indeed in the best interest of the country. So I'm not sure this is Republicans' best argument."

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