Trump faces criticism for failing to invoke the 25th Amendment

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President Trump’s personal physician, Dr. Sean P. Conley, announced last Thursday that the commander-in-chief can resume his in-person activities and terminate his self-quarantine. 

In a health update on Oct. 4, Conley stated President Trump was continuing to improve in the previous 24 hours. It was also stated that at that time he had not experienced fever for at least three days.

Trump’s symptoms are reported to fall in sync with CDC guidelines for ending self-quarantine. It states that an individual with COVID-19 can mingle with other people should he or she be isolated for ten days, did not reach a fever for 24 hours with the assistance of medications and improving COVID-19 symptoms. 

Dr. Conley remarked that Trump had passed CDC criteria and was therefore eligible to depart Walter Reed Medical Center, the hospital where he temporarily resided.  

Before he left the hospital on Monday, physicians took blood samples from the president. An analysis revealed Trump's blood “demonstrated detectable levels of SARS-CoV-2-IgG antibodies from labs drawn Monday.”  He did not need any “supplemental oxygen since leaving the hospital on Monday,” said Conley.

Despite a doctor’s clearance and evidence of Trump briskly recuperating from COVID-19, many — primarily his opposition — continue to doubt President Trump’s ability to execute his roles and duties as President of the United States. 

A frightened House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Jame Raskin (D-MD) have recently proposed a new committee that reviews the enactment of the 25th Amendment. This constitutional provision permits Congress to intervene with the executive branch should the president fail to fulfill his presidential tasks.

Pelosi explained last Thursday at a press conference that it was unacceptable for the president to conceal his medical information after being diagnosed with COVID-19. “The public needs to know the health condition of the president,” she said.

The California congresswoman argued that Trump’s exposure to COVID-19 blocks him from fully committing to his activities as president. In her viewpoint, Trump’s illness should have been a factor that would have caused him to send a letter to her and Chuck Grassley, the President pro tempore of the Senate, explaining his inability to temporarily work for the American people. 

Despite Trump’s diagnosis two weeks ago, his quick discharge from hospitalization is proof that he can still enact his duties to the American government and people while recovering from COVID-19.