WASHINGTON – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Says she plans to speak on Friday on the 25th Amendment, which outlines the transfer of power procedures by the President.
Pelosi told reporters during her weekly Capitol press conference on Thursday to come to the hill “tomorrow” because she said, “We are going to talk about the 25th Amendment.”
Pelosi did not respond to what she was about to say on Friday and a request for clarification was not immediately returned by her management office.
When asked if she thought it was time to invoke the 25th amendment about President Donald Trump’s illness, Pelosi said she didn’t want to talk about it at the moment.
“If you want to talk about it, see you tomorrow,” said Pelosi, who then asked why the White House refused to reveal when the president had his last negative Covid-19 test.
The 25th amendment provides procedures for the transfer of power to the Vice-President in the event of the death, incapacity, removal or resignation of the President. The change was ratified and approved after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. One of its sections provides a mechanism for the vice-president and cabinet to transfer power from the president.
In an interview immediately after her press conference, Pelosi suggested that the president may not be able to think clearly because of the drugs he was taking while he was treating the disease.
“The president is currently in a changed state,” Pelosi said on Bloomberg TV. “I don’t know how to respond to this behavior.”
She continued, “There are people who say that if you take steroids or have Covid-19 it can cause impaired judgment.”
Trump responded Thursday afternoon, tweeting that Pelosi “is the one who should be watched”.
In a free-running interview on the Fox Business Network Thursday morning, Trump praised his medical care and downplayed the dangers of the coronavirus. He said his infection “went away on its own” without treatment.
“I don’t think I’m contagious,” added Trump. “I’m very far from everyone, whether it was me or not, I wouldn’t, I still wouldn’t go to a rally if I was contagious.”
Trump is still in the isolation window of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention after the symptoms appeared last Thursday. The CDC guidelines state that individuals should isolate for 10 days after symptoms appear and 20 days in severe cases.