The twenty-fifth amendment to the United States Constitution provides that the President temporarily relinquish command of the country to his “number two” if he can no longer continue to exercise the functions. This hypothesis has not been proposed since 2007 but is back in force after Donald Trump confirmed coronavirus infection.
The aforementioned amendment, which updated the Constitution after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, provides in Section III that the President may reflect in writing that the circumstances make him “unable” to perform the duties of the position . The vice president – in this case, Mike Pence – would then take power until the president tabled a new mandate to reverse the measure.
The last president to invoke this option was twice George W. Bush. In 2002, he gave Dick Cheney the witness for a little over two hours to undergo a colonoscopy, a scenario that was repeated five years later under similar circumstances and times.
Trump has limited himself to saying for the time being that he will be quarantined after the diagnosis, but neither he nor his doctor have clarified whether he has symptoms of a disease that has already killed more than 207,000 people in the United States. The official news for the time being makes it clear that Trump wants to keep working even after canceling his public actions.