After being approved by the United States House of Representatives, the political trial against President Donald Trump continues. Now, the Senate will have to issue its verdict and, although the Republican majority seems to decline the balance in favor of the president, the question has arisen as to who would take his place should he be found guilty on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress for which he is accused.
The twenty-fifth amendment of the US Constitution indicates that in case of presidential vacancy, the vice president assumes office. That is, if Trump is forced to resign, Mike Pence will sit in the Oval Office until the end of the administration, on January 20, 2021.
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Who is Mike Pence?
He was born in Columbus, Indiana, on June 7, 1959. Law graduate of the University of Indiana, sympathized with the Democrats during his youth voting for Jimmy Carter in the 1980 elections before becoming part of the Tea Party, the most Conservative of the Republican Party.
In 1988 and 1990 he ran for Congress, losing both times. After that he wrote an essay entitled "Confessions of a negative candidate", in which he promised not to use insults or discredit his political rivals.
After obtaining a doctorate in Law, he worked and conducted a radio program called “The Mike Pence Show”, which was aired between 1992 and 1999. He also had a step on television, presenting a policy program between 1995 and 1999 .
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The following year he arrived at the House of Representatives, a position for which he was reelected in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010. In 2012 he assumed as governor of Indiana and in July 2016 it was announced that he would be Donald Trump's teammate for elections of that year.
I am pleased to announce that I have chosen Governor Mike Pence as my Vice Presidential running mate. News conference tomorrow at 11:00 A.M.
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 15, 2016
What initially seemed like a difficult relationship between a classic politician and the histrionic president who ranted against the traditional political class has become the most lasting of the Trump Administration.
Unlike John Bolton, James Mattis, Jeff Sessions, John Kelly or Steve Bannon – they were all fired or resigned in these three years of government – Pence has remained one of the closest men to Trump. Probably because the vice president is the only official of his Administration that the president cannot fire.
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Considered the political balance of Donald Trump, Pence has been the anchor between the president and the conservative bases of the Republican Party. “Trump has pop-nationalist nationalists. But Pence is the base. Without Pence, you don't win, ”Steve Bannon told reporter Jane Mayer of The New Yorker in 2017.
And Trump has managed to respond to Pence's loyalty by making him one of his most trusted men. "Newt Gingrich (Former President of the House of Representatives) told me that the three people with the most influence in the Administration are Trump, John Kelly and Pence," Mayer wrote.
But Pence has not only been one of the fiercest defenders of such controversial measures as executive order 13769 prohibiting the entry of citizens from Muslim countries for 90 days, it is also the great link between Trump and the largest US businessmen , vital to provide the necessary funds in the millionaire election campaigns.
This last point, precisely, is one of those that most concern those who begin to form the idea of Pence sitting in the White House.
In any case, the most affected in the unlikely scenario of the vice president replacing Trump would be the Democratic candidates, according to the newspaper Politico. "Democratic presidential candidates would have to break their points of debate about Trump and reach new ones for Pence," says the specialized media. “Joe Biden would have the biggest problem. His entire campaign is based on the premise that his profound experience and pragmatic policy promises to return to normality lost with Trump. With Pence this would not work. ”
Pence, meanwhile, ruled on the political trial during an election event in Michigan calling the process against Trump a "disgrace." "When this president confronts the Democrats who do nothing, their endless investigations and their partisan dismissal, we stay with him," said the vice president, according to CNN.