WH Physician on Trump COVID-19 Result: He'll Carry Out Duties ‘Without Disruption'
U.S. Navy Commander physician releases statement
White House Physician Sean Conley announced he expects President Donald Trump to continue carrying out presidential duties without any disruption despite testing positive for COVID-19.
In a letter, U.S. Navy Commander Physician Conley wrote:
“Rest assured, I expect the President to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering, and I will keep you updated on any future developments."
But leftist media outlets speculated about the succession of power, and whether Trump should remain on the ballot.
The New York Times wrote:
“If he becomes sick, it could raise questions about whether he should remain on the ballot at all."
CNN also jumped on the bandwagon, speculating about the succession of power.
The White House's daily schedule was updated, noting Trump would host a phone call on COVID-19 support to vulnerable seniors on Friday and cancel Florida's rally.
Vice President Mike Pence did not announce test results but issued a statement confirming he was praying for the recovery of the president and the first lady.
In a presidential succession, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would fall second in line after the VP.
CNN analyst and former Department of Homeland Security advisor, Juliette Kayyem, reported on Twitter that the “Doomsday Planes” had been deployed just before the president’s announcement.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany in May dismissed questions about presidential succession.
“That’s not even something that we’re addressing,” McEnany said at the time.
“We’re keeping the president healthy. We’re keeping the vice president healthy and, you know, they’re healthy at this moment, and they’ll continue to be.”
Trump confirmed that they had contracted the coronavirus after White House aide Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus on Thursday night.
Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2020
If Trump becomes seriously ill, there are constitutional procedures that would allow Vice President Mike Pence to assume power temporarily, just weeks before the November 3 election.
But if Trump suffers mild or no symptoms, the president will be able to tout his recovery as evidence that the virus is a less grave threat than many believe.