Schmidt writes, however, that “in the hours leading up to Trump’s trip to the hospital, he learned that there was a message in the west wing that the Vice President should be on standby to temporarily take over the presidency if Trump had to submit.” a procedure that required him to be anesthetized. “Schmidt does not specify the procurement for this coverage beyond” I have learned “.
The White House declined to comment on the tapping of the report to CNN.
While Pence ultimately failed to take over the presidency, according to Schmidt, the report raises new questions about the reason for Trump’s unscheduled visit.
Typically, Walter Reed medical staff receives a general notification of a “VIP” visit to the medical center prior to the President’s arrival, notifying them of certain closings in the facility. This time it did not, which indicates that the visit was not a routine visit and was planned at the last minute.
The source told CNN that it was possible that a small group of doctors involved in Trump’s medical exams could be notified prior to Trump’s arrival, but that all of Walter Reed’s medical staff would normally be known if the president came to one routine medical examination would arrive.