US President Donald Trump makes his way to Air Force One before exiting Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland on October 1, 2020.
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LONDON – President Donald Trump confirmed on Friday that he and First Lady Melania Trump had done so tested positive for Covid-19This prompts many to gain clarity about the procedures in place for dealing with a wide variety of scenarios.
The 74-year-old president, who is regularly tested for Covid-19, said via Twitter that he and the first lady would now begin the quarantine and recovery process.
Developments late in the run-up to the November 3rd presidential elections have opened up the possibility for others to participate in the highest levels of US government may have been exposed to the virus in the past few days and may need to be quarantined as well.
The White House Doctor, Dr. Sean Conley said in a letter that the President and First Lady “were doing fine at the time and planned to stay home at the White House during their recovery”.
Conley said the White House medical team will keep a “vigilant watch” before adding that he expects Trump to “continue his duties uninterruptedly while he is recovering.”
“I will keep you informed of future developments,” said Conley.
What’s happening now?
In one Research note John Hudak, Senior Fellow and Associate Director at the Brookings Institution’s Center for Effective Public Management, outlined some of the scenarios “protecting the President, the integrity of office and the continuity of government” in the EU during this year’s event one positive Covid-19 tests.
Hudak said the test itself is not a reason for immediate action. Instead, Trump “would likely be able to continue his daily activities and run the office either undisturbed or with easy challenges.”
However, it should create some challenges for the people around it. “The need for 24-hour security from the secret service could put agents at risk of contracting. However, given modern technology, the president could quarantine and maintain long-distance or sufficiently distant contact with most, if not all, aides, including the Person (s) who would be involved in the president’s daily agenda, “said Hudak.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence speaks about Covid-19 testing in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC on September 28, 2020.
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Trump’s positive coronavirus test means other precautions must be taken, with those in succession likely to have limited contact with the president to reduce their chances of contracting the virus.
Vice President Mike Pence, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senator Chuck Grassley (who is the third most likely president for the presidency), and cabinet members must all be isolated from the president. Hudak explained.
The diagnosis will mean that it is important for the president to “keep communicating with the American public, especially if he is mildly symptomatic or asymptomatic,” Hudak said. “Seeing the president on camera can restore confidence in his well-being and calm nervous Americans. Stabilize stock markets and project the world that the president will remain good enough to carry out the office. “
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Speaks during her weekly press conference at the Capitol in Washington on Thursday, September 24, 2020.
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Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has been sharply criticized, despite the fact that the president has often applauded his own management of the health crisis. At a rally in Ohio late last month, Trump claimed the disease “affects virtually nobody”.
To date, the US has registered more than 7.27 million cases of the coronavirus with 207,808 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Contingent Liabilities for a Severely Ill President
Trump tests positive for the corona virus and is following in the footsteps of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (56) and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (65).
Johnson in particular was seriously uncomfortable after testing positive for the virus. The ruling leader of the UK Conservative Party spent three nights in intensive care in April with Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab replacing the then Prime Minister.
U.S. President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro during dinner at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., March 7, 2020.
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Hudak of the Brookings Institution said Trump had access to some of the best and most immediate health benefits in the world, but “his age and obesity placed him in higher risk categories for more severe symptoms” of Covid-19.
“In an unfortunate scenario where the President would contract Covid-19 and need therapies such as a ventilator and / or the use of other therapies that would affect his cognitive and / or communication skills, there are some procedures in place to deal with this situation to deal with, “said Hudak.
If Trump were to receive therapies that interfered with his ability to perform official duties, the President could potentially rely on Section 3 of the 25th Amendment to the Constitution.
This would pave the way for the vice president to become “acting president” until the president notifies the House and Senate that they can resume their duties.
President Ronald Reagan invoked Section 3 in 1985 and President George W. Bush twice in 2002 and 2007.
In the event that Trump’s condition quickly plummeted, thereby precluding the ability to invoke Section 3, Hudak said Section 4 of the 25th Amendment would provide a solution to such a crisis.
In this case, the Vice President and a majority of the Cabinet would tell the House and Senate that “the President is unable to perform the powers and duties of his office”. In this scenario, the vice president would take over the role of incumbent president again until the president recovers.
“While the president’s ineptitude would be a grave national situation, the government could function largely continuously until the president is well,” said Hudak.