Vice President Joe Biden said on Jan. 12 that is "possible" that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump could be the next president, but is hoping it won't happen (video below).
"Yes, I think it's possible,'' Biden told NBC's "Today" show co-host Savannah Guthrie during a live interview from the White House.
"And I hope that if that were to occur, I hope it doesn't because I have fundamentally different views than he does, I'd hope that he gets a lot more serious about the issues, a lot more serious about gaining knowledge about how this nation functions and foreign policy and domestic policy, but look, that's a long way off," Biden said.
Guthrie also asked Biden about Trump being divisive.
"I think he is divisive," Biden added. "I think he'd have to acknowledge he's very divisive, and that's not healthy. We always do best when we act as one America. We always do best when we appeal to our better angels. And we always do poorly when we appeal to our fears and our differences."
"Today" show co-host Matt Lauer asked President Barack Obama in a separate interview about a Trump presidency.
"The message that Donald Trump's putting out has had adherence a lot of times during the course of our history," Obama told Lauer. "You know, talk to me if he wins. Then we'll have a conversation about how responsible I feel about it. But I'm pretty confident that the overwhelming majority of Americans are looking for the kind of politics that does feed our hopes and not our fears; that does work together and doesn't try to divide us."
Lauer asked Obama if he could imagine Trump delivering a State of the Union address, and Obama said he could imagine it on "Saturday Night Live," but admitted, "anything is possible."