Pelosi to introduce legislation on 25th Amendment over Trump’s health
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she is concerned about the president's 'altered state' after receiving drug treatment for COVID-19.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced that she is introducing legislation on Friday that will establish a “Commission on Presidential Capacity” related to the 25th Amendment, according to NBC News.
The 25th Amendment says, “In case of the removal of the President from office or of his death or resignation, the Vice President shall become President,” per govinfo.gov.
It adds, “Whenever there is a vacancy in the office of the Vice President, the President shall nominate a Vice President who shall take office upon confirmation by a majority vote of both Houses of Congress.”
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The speaker said she is concerned about Trump’s mental capacity after he has been taking steroids to combat the coronavirus. On Thursday, Trump tweeted about Pelosi in reference to her comments on the 25th Amendment: “Crazy Nancy is the one who should be under observation. They don’t call her Crazy for nothing!”
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Per a news release, the legislation is being created “to help ensure effective and uninterrupted leadership in the highest office in the Executive Branch of government.”
During her weekly press conference at the Capitol on Thursday, Pelosi told reporters to come to the Hill on Friday because “We’re going to be talking about the 25th Amendment.”
During an interview on Bloomberg after the conference, she said, “The president is, shall we say, in an altered state right now, I don’t know how to answer for that behavior.
“There are those who say when you are on steroids or have COVID-19, there may be some impairment of judgment.”
Pelosi and Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) will hold a news conference at the Capitol Friday to discuss the amendment.
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