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Trump in the hospital: what they will do if he is unable to fulfill his duties

US President Donald Trump went to the hospital on Friday October 2 when he and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19. And this raised new questions about the president's health. USA Today.

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Trump, 74, traveled to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, in what aides said was a precaution. Officials expect him to stay there for several days.

Trump was expected to fly by helicopter to the hospital, which is about 9 miles (14,4 km) from the White House.

But White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany said the president "remains in good spirits, has mild symptoms, and has worked all day."

“Due to excessive caution and on the recommendation of his doctor and medical experts, the head of state will be working from the presidential office in Walter Reed for the next few days. President Trump greatly appreciates the support that both him and the first lady are showing, ”she added.

What will happen if Trump is unable to act as President of the country

The head of state, if necessary, can transfer executive control to Vice President Mike Pence or be completely replaced in the Republican Party ballot if he becomes incapacitated due to COVID-19, writes Daily Mail.

“My wife and I have tested positive for COVID-19, so we immediately start the quarantine and recovery process. We'll get through this together, ”he wrote on Twitter.

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Trump is 74, which puts him at a higher risk of serious complications from the virus.

With less than 32 days left until the presidential election, a positive result means the government may have to consider contingency plans under the Constitution if Trump becomes so ill that he cannot run for the presidency.

The 25th amendment states that the vice president has the right to temporarily replace the commander-in-chief in the event of the incapacity of the head of the White House.

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If the vice president, for various reasons, cannot assume control, powers are transferred to the speaker of the House of Representatives, in this case Nancy Pelosi.

However, the upcoming elections complicate matters even more, as the National Committees of the Democratic and Republican Parties can also make substitutions for their party in the elections if a candidate declines.

The committee could choose a vice president or another member of its party. The selection process will depend on the respective statutes of the parties.

Under this scenario, all 168 Republican National Committee members would have to come together to vote to replace Trump.

The rules require that all members (three from each state and three from six territories) cast the same number of votes to which they were entitled at the national convention.

This scenario, although hypothetical, will be the first of its kind, as no presidential candidate from any party has ever died or been removed from office before the election.

A White House doctor said in a statement that both the president and the first lady "are currently healthy," but did not say whether they have symptoms.

Should Trump become seriously ill, there are constitutional procedures that will allow Vice President Pence to temporarily take over.

The 25th Amendment to the Constitution clarifies the procedures by which the president can declare himself “unable to fulfill the powers and duties” of the president.

If Trump made a decision on this matter, he would pass the written document to the interim President of the Senate, Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi. Pence will be acting president until Trump submits "written statement to the contrary."

This happens periodically. For example, Ronald Reagan transferred powers, George W. Bush temporarily transferred his powers to Dick Cheney in 2002 and 2007.

All of these were brief, scheduled power transfers and did not even come close to a re-election campaign.

There is also a second, never used option - the vice president and most cabinet members can declare the president incapable of fulfilling his powers and responsibilities. In this case, Pence will become acting president until Trump provides evidence to the contrary.

The options to postpone the elections were also considered, but this is unlikely, because the voting is already underway.

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Although the Constitution does not specify an election date, moving the ballot would require an act of Congress, including the backing of a Democratic-controlled House of Representatives.

But regardless of the election date, Trump's term ends on January 20.

First Lady Melania Trump tweeted: “Like many Americans this year, we are quarantining at home after testing positive for COVID-19. We feel good. I have postponed all upcoming meetings. Please make sure you are safe and we will all overcome this together. "

Fears that the president may have contracted the virus arose after it was revealed that President Hicks' aide had traveled in the presidential helicopter Marine One and Air Force One last week.

In addition to traveling to the rally on Wednesday night, September 30, Hicks was aboard Air Force One and was wearing no mask. Hicks also traveled with the president to a rally in Pennsylvania last Saturday, September 26, where she was seen unmasked.

Confirming the news of a positive Hicks test result, Trump said: “Whether we will go into quarantine and whether we have one, I don’t know. I just went to the test. Let's see what happens. "

He later tweeted, “Hope Hicks, who worked so hard without even taking a short break, just tested positive for COVID-19. This is terrible. The first lady and I are also awaiting test results. In the meantime, let's start the quarantine process. "

Screenshot: Twitter / @ realDonaldTrump

According to an administration official, who spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity, Hicks began to feel mild symptoms while traveling home by plane from a rally in Minnesota. According to this person, she was isolated from other passengers on the plane, and the next day her diagnosis was confirmed.

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