Executive Chairman of Breitbart News and former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has reportedly said that he thinks President Trump has only 30% chance of finishing his tenure, according to a source who spoke with Vanity Fair.
As divulged by the two anonymous sources familiar with the conversation, Bannon cautioned President Trump that the number one threat to his presidency was not impeachment, but rather the 25th Amendment, allowing his top officials to vote on removing him from office.
The two sources who spoke to Vanity Fair said that when Bannon brought up the 25th Amendment as a reason for concern to the President, Mr. Trump allegedly asked, “What’s that?”
Several months ago, according to two sources with knowledge of the conversation, former chief strategist Steve Bannon told Trump that the risk to his presidency wasn’t impeachment, but the 25th Amendment—the provision by which a majority of the Cabinet can vote to remove the president. When Bannon mentioned the 25th Amendment, Trump said, “What’s that?” According to a source, Bannon has told people he thinks Trump has only a 30 percent chance of making it the full term.
The 25th Amendment makes way for the president or vice president to be removed in case of death, removal, resignation, or incapacitation.
In addition, if the acting vice president “and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide” a “written declaration that the president is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the vice president shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as acting president.”
The 25th Amendment was enforced after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, in Dallas, Texas.
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