Pelosi Tells Reporters, 'Come Here Tomorrow. We're Going to Be Talking About the 25th Amendment'

By Susan Jones | October 8, 2020 | 11:47am EDT
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) at her weekly news conference on Oct. 8, 2020. (Photo: Screen capture)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) at her weekly news conference on Oct. 8, 2020. (Photo: Screen capture)

(CNSNews.com) - In an offhand comment at her weekly news conference, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told reporters:

"Tomorrow, by the way -- 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."

"Do you think it's time to invoke the 25th Amendment? a reporter asked Pelosi.

"I'll talk to you about that tomorrow," Pelosi said.  "I'll talk to you about it tomorrow. I'm not talking about it today, except to tell you if you want to talk about that, we'll see you tomorrow.

"But you take me back to my point. Mr. President, when was the last time you had a negative test before you tested positive? Why is the White House not telling the country that important fact about how this made a hot spot of the White House?"

Earlier, Pelosi said there's one question the president refuses to answer: "Before he got the virus and admitted to it -- when was the last negative test?"

The 25th Amendment deals with the death or incapacity of the president:

Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.

Thereafter, when the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office unless the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive department or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit within four days to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.

Thereupon Congress shall decide the issue, assembling within forty-eight hours for that purpose if not in session. If the Congress, within twenty-one days after receipt of the latter written declaration, or, if Congress is not in session, within twenty-one days after Congress is required to assemble, determines by two-thirds vote of both Houses that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall continue to discharge the same as Acting President; otherwise, the President shall resume the powers and duties of his office.

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