Opinion: Has the presidents behavior escalated to a point of no return?

Written by Madeline Head



Senator Corker, the chairman of Foreign Relations Committee stated as reported by CNN, “I know for a fact that every single day at the White House, it’s a situation of trying to contain him” and that his public statements could put the United States on a path “towards World War III.” These thoughts are coming from the man who referred the White House to an “adult day care.”

 

People close to the President informed Gabriel Sherman, a writer for Vanity Fair, that Trump is “unstable”, “losing a step”, and “unraveling.” Sherman reported that he has recently spoke with roughly half a dozen prominent Republicans and Trump advisers, he also states, “they all describe a White House in crisis as advisers struggle to contain a president who seems to be increasingly unfocused and consumed by dark moods.”

 

It is quite disturbing to be living in a country that feels this unstable. To live in a time of such uncertainty when it comes to the President and his moods is demoralizing. Not only has his mood been unsettling but also we, Americans, have started to see him unravel right before our eyes.

CNN reports the manner in which President Trump has handled the escalating crisis with North Korea, including the kind of name-calling tweets one might expect to find on a child’s smartphone, his reactionary comments about the white supremacists in Charlottesville, his making light of police brutality, the relentless attacks and direct threats on the news media, and the heartless comments that he made about Puerto Ricans as they are still recovering from a massive natural disaster, don’t do much to reassure us that this is a president fully in control.

 

The President’s behavior has clearly escalated to the point of no return.



What is the 25th amendment?

The 25th entails as provided by Cornell Law School:

 

Section 1.

 

In case of the removal of the President from office or of his death or resignation, the Vice President shall become President.

 

Section 2.

 

Whenever there is a vacancy in the office of the Vice President, the President shall nominate a Vice President who shall take office upon confirmation by a majority vote of both Houses of Congress.

 

Section 3.

 

Whenever the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that he is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, and until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary, such powers and duties shall be discharged by the Vice President as Acting President.

 

Section 4.

 

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.

There seems to be a rise in apprehension in regards to the President and his mental state. The powers of the President are extremely vast and authoritative. If these powers are abused it could lead to unspeakable devastations.




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