President Obama Predicts Donald Trump Won't Succeed Him in Office

The president spoke at a high-dollar fundraiser in Los Angeles Thursday.

"I recognize that there is a deep obsession right now about Mr. Trump. And one of you pulled me aside and squeezed me hard and said, 'Tell me ... that Mr. Trump is not succeeding you!' And I said, 'Mr. Trump's not succeeding me,'" the president said Thursday.

“Mr. Trump has actually done a service as Mr. Cruz is doing a service and that is laying bare, unvarnished some of the nonsense that we have been dealing with in Congress on a daily basis. People act as if these folks are outliers but they are not!” the president said. “We should thank Mr. Trump and Mr. Cruz for just being honest that this is how we're thinking these days, or not thinking these days. But it gives you a sense of what's at stake in this election.

"Even if I am not president, and contrary to the assertions of some, I will continue to be a citizen, and I care deeply about what happens next so let's get going. Let's get to work,” he added.