Jonathan Swan of Axios Reports White House Under ‘De Facto 25th Amendment’ With Cabinet Ignoring Trump, ‘Operating as If He Is Not the President’
White House is now under a “kind of de facto 25th Amendment” as top cabinet officials essentially ignore Donald Trumpwhile running their agencies and are “operating as if he is not the president.”
After the pro-Trump mob swept into the Capitol on Wednesday (and the president was reportedly “delighted” as he watched the chaos unfold), Washington has been abuzz with news that key cabinet officials, reported led by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have discussed remove him via the 25th Amendment. Members of Congress from both parties have also endorsed that Constitutional remedy, citing Trump’s dereliction of duty and incitement of violence. However, Vice President Mike Pence reportedly opposes any effort to oust Trump.
“But what has happened instead is kind of a de facto 25th amendment,” Swan noted of Trump’s cabinet. “They are operating as if he is not the president, many of these senior officials, ignoring him and staying away from the West Wing, staying away from him hoping that he doesn’t call. And just continuing to run their agencies and run the government without his involvement. And with a steely — and much more steely now — resolve that should he issue any orders that they deem dangerous or unlawful, they will flatly refuse those orders. That’s where we’re at.”