The Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence, ruled out on Tuesday that he will invoke the 25th Amendment of the Constitution to remove the president Outgoing Donald Trump after the violent assault on the Capitol by supporters of the ruler.
“I do not believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our Nation or is consistent with our Constitution,” Pence pointed out in a letter addressed to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, when that instance is about to vote on a resolution that urges the vice president to activate that procedure.
Under Section Four of that amendment, the vice president and majority of the Cabinet they can declare to the president disabled to run the country. If the president were to oppose it and there was no agreement, Congress would settle the differences.
“Last week I did not yield to pressure to exercise beyond my constitutional authority to determine the outcome of the elections and now I will not yield to the efforts of the House of Representatives to play political games at such a serious time in the life of our nation, “Pence said.
The vice-president thus made a tacit allusion to the Trump pressures so that it could assume powers that did not correspond to them under the Constitution and interfere with the session of both houses of Congress called to ratify the victory of Joe Biden in the elections of last November.
“A terrible precedent”
Pence cautioned that using that amendment, created after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963 and in the middle of the Cold War to protect the Government in cases such as the president’s sudden illness, “it would set a terrible precedent.”
“I urge you and all members of Congress to avoid actions that would divide and further inflame the passions of the moment, “added the second aboard the White House, and invited the leader of the Lower House to work together” to lower the temperature and unite our country “as they prepare for the inauguration of Biden.
“I promise you that I will continue to do my part to work in good faith with the incoming Administration to ensure an orderly transition of power “, concluded.
Trump: “Zero risk”
Hours earlier, in a speech during his visit to the wall on the border with Mexico, Trump said Tuesday that there is “zero risk” of his cabinet dismissal under the process established in Amendment 25 of the Constitution.
“Amendment 25 is zero risk for me, but it will bill Joe Biden and his Administration. As the expression says, be careful what you wish for, “said Trump, without clarifying what he was referring to, since the president-elect has not come to explicitly request that this mechanism be activated.
After the assault on the Capitol, which caused five deaths, including a policeman, Washington will be reinforced with more than 10,000 members of the National Guard to ensure safety.