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House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi, alarmed at President Trump’s erratic behavior in recent days, is putting her weight behind a bill to give Congress a role in deciding whether to force the President of the United States out of office must because he is unable to do his job.
The move in response to Trump’s behavior in the days after testing positive for the coronavirus would establish a process that would give Congress a say in the removal of a president under the 25th amendment to the Constitution, which would remove a president from office when a majority of Cabinet members and the Vice President consider him incapable of performing his duties.
Section 4 of the 25th Amendment also states that if a majority of a legally established body declares in writing with the Vice-President that the Vice-President immediately becomes the incumbent President if the President is disabled and unable to carry out his work.
The bill, Democrats said, will create this body to determine the president’s eligibility. The proposal, presented on Friday by Pelosi and Democratic MP Jamie Raskin, aims to create a body that Pelosi’s office said “will help ensure effective and uninterrupted leadership in the highest office of government executive.”
What this means: The measure has practically no chance of becoming law. But it is meant to draw attention to Trump’s condition after his doctors provided limited information on his recovery from coronavirus.
Pelosi teased the plan at a press conference Thursday, saying she would speak on the subject of the 25h Amendment on Friday. In a number of recent comments, Pelosi questioned whether Trump can do his job given his medication, including using a steroid.
On Thursday she said Trump “appears to be in an altered state at the moment” and told Bloomberg TV that “there may be some compromise on the verdict”.
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