Nancy Pelosi says Democrats are looking at 25th Amendment to remove Trump
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday threatened that Democrats are looking at using a provision of the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office.
Pelosi (D-Calif.) teased that she and her fellow Democrats are considering invoking the constitutional provision on presidential succession — a seemingly fantastical yearning among Trump opponents.
“Tomorrow. Come here tomorrow. We’re going to be talking about the 25th Amendment, but not to take attention away from the subject we have now,” Pelosi told reporters at a press conference.
Pelosi deflected a follow-up question about whether she believes it’s time to invoke the amendment, which was ratified in 1967. Trump is recuperating at the White House after a three-night hospitalization over the weekend for COVID-19 treatment.
“I’ll talk to you about that tomorrow,” Pelosi said.
“I’m not talking about it today, except to tell you, if you want to talk about that, we’ll see you tomorrow. But you take me back to my point: Mr. President, when was the last time you had a negative test before you tested positive? Why is the White House not telling the country that important fact?”
The White House did not immediately comment on Pelosi’s threat.
The 25th Amendment grants a role to the House in cases of presidential succession.
The amendment says: “Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.”
At the press conference, Pelosi mocked Trump’s Thursday morning declaration in a TV interview that he’s “a perfect physical specimen and because I’m extremely young” and alleged that he wanted to misdirect coronavirus stimulus funds to his own businesses.
“The plan isn’t for the president to say that he’s a perfect physical specimen, did he say? Specimen, maybe I could agree with that. And young, he said he was young. His association from reality would be funny if it weren’t so deadly,” Pelosi said.
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