House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi threatened Thursday that Democrats would consider a provision of the 25th Amendment to effectively remove President Trump from office.
Pelosi (D-Calif.) Teased that she and her fellow Democrats are considering invoking the constitutional rule on the successor to the president – a seemingly fantastic longing among Trump opponents.
“Tomorrow. Come here tomorrow. We will talk about the 25th Amendment, but not divert attention from what we have now,” Pelosi told reporters at a press conference.
Pelosi declined a follow-up question on whether she thought it was time to invoke the amendment ratified in 1967. Trump is recovering at the White House after a three-day weekend hospital stay for COVID-1
“I’ll talk to you about it tomorrow,” Pelosi said.
“I’m not talking about it today except to tell you if you want to talk about it, I’ll see you tomorrow. But you bring me back to my point: Mr. President, when was the last time you had a negative test before you did a positive test? Why is the White House not telling the country this important fact? “
The White House did not immediately comment on Pelosi’s threat.
The 25th amendment gives the House a role in the succession of the president or in the event of temporary incapacity.
The amendment states: “Whenever the Vice-President and a majority of the chief officers of the executive departments or any other body, as the law provides by Congress, send the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives with their written declaration that the President cannot exercise the powers and duties of his office, the vice-president immediately assumes the powers and duties of the office as acting president. “
At the press conference, Pelosi mocked Trump’s statement Thursday morning in a television interview that he is “a perfect physical specimen and because I’m extremely young,” claiming he wanted to divert coronavirus stimulus funds to his own businesses.
“The President is not planned to say he is a perfect physical specimen, is it? Sample, maybe I could agree. And young, he said, he was young. Its association with reality would be funny if it wasn’t so deadly, ”Pelosi said.