Pelosi questions how long Trump has been infected with COVID-19; says discussion of 25th amendment will take place

by Jenny Mount · Oct 8th, 2020 4:24 pm

Last Updated Oct 9th, 2020 at 4:30 pm

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Thursday that she intends to discuss a constitutional measure to remove President Trump from office. Her announcement is in regards to Trump's health as he recovers from COVID-19.

"Tomorrow, by the way, tomorrow, come here tomorrow," Pelosi said. "We're going to be talking about the 25th Amendment."

The 25th Amendment calls for the vice president to become acting president if the president "is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office." Pelosi had inquired about the status of Trump's health, including exactly how long he has had the virus.

"I think that the public needs to know the health condition of the president," Pelosi said. "There's one question that he refused to answer … when was his last negative test? Let us see a date, a time when you last tested negative."

The 25th Amendment requires a declaration of the president's inability to be sent to the speaker of the House and the president pro tempore of the Senate, which is currently Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA).

Congress can pass a law that would create a group to sign off on the declaration of the president's inability to lead, although Pelosi would have to convince Senate Republicans. Vice President Mike Pence would also have to sign it.


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