- “I do not believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our Nation or consistent with our Constitution.”
- Vice President Pence has warned that using that amendment as a means of "punishment or usurpation" would "set a terrible precedent."
- President Trump assured this Tuesday that there is “zero risk” that his cabinet will remove him.
The Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence did not, after all, invoke the 25th Amendment to the Constitution to remove his boss, President Donald Trump, from office. He had been asked to do so by the House of Representatives as a reaction to the violent assault on the Capitol by the president’s supporters last week.
“I do not believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our Nation or consistent with our Constitution,” Vice President Pence said in a letter released by his office as the House prepared to vote on a non-binding resolution calling on him to utilize the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Under Section Four of that Amendment, the Vice President and a majority of the Cabinet can declare the President “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”
If the President were to oppose it, and there was no agreement, Congress would settle the differences.
Vice President Pence told the Speaker of the House, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), that the administration in which he is second in command is currently focused on ensuring an orderly transition. He thus called upon Speaker Pelosi and other members of Congress to avoid actions that “would further divide and inflame the passions of the moment.”
“Work with us to lower the temperature and unite our country as we prepare to inaugurate President-elect Joe Biden as the next President of the United States,” he categorically stated.
”Set a Terrible Precedent”
Vice President Pence has warned that using that amendment, created after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963, and in the midst of the Cold War to protect the government in cases of the sudden illness of the President, as a means of “punishment or usurpation” would “set a terrible precedent.” He wrote:
“Last week, I did not yield to pressure to exert power beyond my constitutional authority to determine the outcome of the election, and I will not now yield to efforts in the House of Representatives to play political games at a time so serious in the life of our nation.”
“I pledge to you that I will continue to do my part to work in good faith with the incoming administration to ensure an orderly transition of power,” he concluded.
Hours earlier, in a speech during his visit to the wall on the US border with Mexico, President Trump assured this Tuesday that there is “zero risk” that his cabinet will remove him under the process established in the 25th Amendment to the Constitution.
“The 25th amendment is of zero risk to me, but will come back to haunt Joe Biden and the Biden administration. As the expression goes, be careful what you wish for,” President Trump said, without further clarifying what he meant.
After the assault on the Capitol, which caused five deaths, including a policeman, Washington, DC will be reinforced with more than 10,000 members of the National Guard to guarantee security, especially during the inauguration of Joe Biden.