House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a dramatic announcement during her weekly press conference Thursday by telling reporters that she intends to discuss a constitutional measure to remove President Donald Trump from office amid concerns over Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis. The 25th Amendment allows for the vice president to become acting president if is determined that the president is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.
“Tomorrow, by the way, tomorrow, come here tomorrow. We’re going to be talking about the 25th Amendment. But not to take attention away from the subject we have now,” she said in response to a question at a press conference regarding a possible coronavirus stimulus package.
Pelosi had earlier questioned the status of Trump’s health, as well as exactly how long he has had COVID-19.
“I think that the public needs to know the health condition of the President,” Pelosi said. “There’s one question that he refused to answer … when was his last negative test?” Pelosi said that this information is necessary in order to “make a judgment about the actions that were taken after that.”
The president’s doctors have briefed the media on a number of occasions and released several memos providing updates on Trump’s health, including detailing the types of medication he’s taken. Wednesday the White House physicians reported that the president had been asymptomatic for 24 hours.
But White House physician Sean Conley has also been criticized for skirting some questions regarding Trump’s health, including questions about whether the president was administered oxygen, when his last negative test was and whether the president had been held in a negative pressure room, among other things.