Trump hospitalization fuels questions about campaign continuity

Donald Trump on October 2, shortly before his transfer to Walter-Reed Military Hospital in Bethesda, near Washington.

The United States was already advancing in the face of uncertainty, the hospitalization of Donald Trump on Friday, October 2, only increased it tenfold. On the eve of this spectacular transfer, the Republican candidate’s strategy aimed to cast doubt on the sincerity of the November 3 ballot that his opponent Joe Biden, he said, could not win ” that by cheating “. To this end, the president has never ceased to attack postal voting, which he nevertheless resorts to himself. He claimed, against the advice of his own administration, starting with FBI Director Chris Wray, that massive fraud would take place at the instigation of the Democratic Party taking advantage of the will of many voters in avoid waiting sometimes long hours in queues on polling day to vote.

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The positive test announced by the president on the night of Thursday to Friday and his transfer to the prestigious Walter-Reed military hospital, in the suburbs of Washington, suddenly fuels other questions, on the continuity of the state as on that of the election campaign, now less than five weeks before election day.

A transfer of power provided for by the Constitution

The first has long been contemplated by the Constitution, which provides that the vice president takes the head of executive power when the tenant of the White House is unable to perform his duties. Amendment 25, adopted in 1967, regulates this transfer of power. It can be voluntary (section 3) or imposed by the vice-president and a majority of the cabinet, in other words of the federal government (section 4). A dramatic option that has never been experienced. The president automatically recovers his functions as soon as he is able to exercise them, unless a vote to the contrary by his subordinates.

This temporary transfer of power can be done without even invoking the 25e amendment, as was the case for Republican President Ronald Reagan. Not after the assassination attempt which left him seriously injured in 1981, and which, curiously, had not been accompanied by such a handover, but for a surgical intervention undergone in 1985. George W. Bush very briefly transferred its credentials to its vice president, Dick Cheney, for similar medical acts in 2002 and 2007.

Officially, Trump continues his activities as president and his recovery in parallel

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