Washigton, DC – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled a bill on Friday that would allow Congress to intervene under an amendment to the Constitution to remove the president from office, insisting it is not Donald Trump. But from the need for greater congressional oversight of the White House.
The 25th Amendment allows the cabinet or Congress to intervene when a president is unable to fulfill his duties. Pelosi has been questioning Trump’s state of mind since his COVID-19 diagnosis and has demanded more transparency about his health. The bill would create a commission to assess the president’s ability to run the country and ensure the continuity of the government. The initiative comes a year after the lower house, under Pelosi, tried unsuccessfully to impeach Trump.
“This is not about President Donald Trump, he will face the judgment of the voters” in the November election, Pelosi said during a news conference on Capitol Hill.RELATED
Opponents of the president have weighed before the possibility of invoking the 25th Amendment, but now they are raising it very close to the election, as the campaigns quickly turn into a referendum on Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. More than 210,000 Americans have died and millions more have been infected with the virus, which shows no sign of abating in the face of what health experts warn will be a difficult seasonal flu season and a difficult winter.
Congress is not in session, so it is unlikely that any serious consideration will be given to the measure, much less a vote in the House or Senate, but the proposal serves as a political tool to fan questions about Trump’s health as the White House goes through an outbreak that has infected some of the top aides, staff members and visitors, including senators.
With just a few weeks to go before the Nov. 3 election, Pelosi has said that Trump must give more details about his health after being diagnosed with COVID-19. On Thursday, the legislator highlighted Trump’s “strange tweet” in which he ordered the suspension of negotiations for a new pandemic aid package – which he subsequently tried to reverse – and said that Americans should know exactly when he contracted COVID -19, after other members of the White House were also infected.
“Citizens need to know the health status of the president,” said Pelosi.
Trump was quick to respond via Twitter.
“Crazy Nancy is the one who should be under observation. They don’t call her crazy in vain, ”the president tweeted Thursday.
Trump says he “feels great” after being hospitalized and returning to work at the White House, but doctors have given mixed signals about his diagnosis and treatment. Trump plans to resume his campaign soon.
In a shocking revelation, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that he stopped going to the White House two months ago because he disagreed with the coronavirus protocols for the presidential residence. His last visit was on August 6.
“My impression is that his way of handling this was different from mine and what I insisted that be done in the Senate, which is to wear masks and maintain social distancing,” McConnell said during a campaign tour for his re-election in the North. from Kentucky.
Pelosi and Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin, a professor of Constitutional Law, planned to introduce the proposal on Friday, which would create a commission as detailed in the 25th Amendment, which was approved and ratified by Congress in 1967 to ensure a Continuation in power after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
The amendment states that the vice president and most of the top officials of executive departments “or of another body, such as Congress” can, by law, provide a statement to Congress that the president “is incapable of exercising authority and the duties of his position ”. At that time, the vice president would immediately assume the powers of interim president.
Trump abruptly suspended negotiations on an aid package earlier this week, hitting the economy hard, baffling his Republican allies and leaving millions of Americans without additional support within weeks of the election. Almost immediately, he tried to reverse his actions and enter into negotiations.
It all happened in a series of surprising tweets and comments made days after he returned to the White House after being hospitalized for COVID-19.
First, Trump told Republican leaders in Congress on Tuesday to suspend negotiations on an aid package. On Wednesday, he tried to call everyone to the negotiating table on the most important points, including stimulus checks of $ 1,200 for the majority of adults in the country.
Pelosi said Thursday that Democrats are “still at the table” and that her office has resumed talks with the chief negotiator, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
Pelosi stated that she told Mnuchin that she was willing to consider an initiative to help airlines, which face massive layoffs, but that assistance, she stressed, must be accompanied by a broader initiative that includes the type of diagnostic tests, tracing and practical health programs that Democrats say are necessary as part of a national strategy to “crush the virus.”
Normally, the high political stakes ahead of the election would provide bargaining room for a package of this magnitude, but given the reluctance of other Republicans to spend more money, it seems that there will be no assistance on the way once the Americans have already started issuing. your votes.
Democrats have made clear that they will not endorse a gradual approach until the Trump administration passes a comprehensive plan they propose for diagnostic tests, tracing and other measures to slow the spread of the virus. They have reduced their proposal from $ 3 trillion to $ 2.2 trillion. The White House presented a counter offer for $ 1.6 trillion. The negotiations were taking place at the time Trump ordered them to be suspended.
“There is no question that the closeness of the election has made this that much more challenging,” McConnell stated.