House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she plans to introduce legislation on Friday that would create a “Commission on Presidential Capacity,” which would involve presidential transfer of power procedures under the 25th Amendment.
The proposed legislation will create the commission “to help ensure effective and uninterrupted leadership in the highest office in the Executive Branch of government,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi‘s office said in a news release.
The 25th Amendment provides for procedures for transferring power to the vice president in case of the president’s death, incapacitation, removal, or resignation. The amendment was ratified and approved in the wake of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
One of the 25th Amendment sections provides the vice president and majority of either the Cabinet “or such other body as Congress may by law provide” with a mechanism to transfer power from the president.
In an interview just after her press conference, Nancy Pelosi made the bizarre suggestion that President Trump may not be thinking clearly because of the drugs he has taken while being treated for the disease.
“The president is, shall we say, in an altered state right now,” Pelosi said on Bloomberg TV. “I don’t know how to answer for that behavior.”
She continued, “There are those who say when you are on steroids or have Covid-19, there may be some impairment of judgment.”
President Trump responded to the strange claim on Thursday afternoon, tweeting that Nancy Pelosi “is the one who should be under observation.”
Crazy Nancy is the one who should be under observation. They don’t call her Crazy for nothing! https://t.co/7vE0Jvq0dM— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2020
President Trump is still within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s isolation window following the onset of symptoms last Thursday. CDC guidelines stipulate that people should isolate for 10 days from the point of showing symptoms and 20 days in severe cases.
However, there has been no report from the White House medical staff that the medication he is taking is affecting his ability to “think clearly.” This is just a claim from the House Speaker.
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