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On Wednesday night President Trump was in Minnesota for a rally on stage. It was the usual really enjoyed last night's debate.
But all stage hope Hicks one of the president's aides who traveled with him to the rally didn't feel well.
And we learned that not from the White House, but from a report by Bloomberg news report said Hicks isolated on the plane ride home and later tested positive for the coronavirus. So she did test positive. I just heard about this. She tested positive the President Kennedy on Fox news for a test. They just don't know come back later, I guess and the first lady also cuz we spend a lot of time with helping others. So we'll see what happens but and then overnight good morning breaking news the president test positive for the coronavirus in this News 4 year old president and the first lady president and the first lady tested positive, but it's unclear. How long
So now with all the president in person appearances on hold indefinitely this positive test could completely up and the presidential campaign and raised real questions about what happens if the president gets really sick. This is considered this from NPR. I'm Kelly mcevers. It is Friday, October 2nd.
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Doesn't consider this from NPR just so you know, we're recording this episode at 3 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, and we're going to cover what we know as of right now to start with this more than 45,000 Americans tested positive for the virus on Thursday. Many of them will recover.
But the fact that one of them was the president of the United States that she's jaw says that is a nightmare scenario for a couple reasons used. First of all, the head of our nation's ahead of our government has been infected with a potentially deadly virus and he is in a high-risk group, but also he has been around a lot of people over the last 5 7 Day and certainly the last couple of days when he was likely infectious. The next steps will need to be a thorough contact tracing effort at the White House and many more people in quarantine with him. Anybody who was in close contact with him for any extended period of time I need to be identified and quarantined and end probably test. Of course, we see the president and the people around him close together without masks all the time like the presidential debate Tuesday night when the
Since family and staff sat in the audience without masks anybody who is in close proximity to the President should absolutely be wearing a mask and that has not been happening. We don't know how to keep was infected. I don't want to blame anybody at this moment, but it's it's very distressing to see the president United States get infected from what is a disease that we know how to largely prevent spread of
President and first lady do have mild symptoms. The White House said Friday serious symptoms can take 5 or 10 days to show up. We're going to hope this goes smoothly, but I'm worried about the next week ahead.
Also on Friday vice president Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence said they had tested negative Joe Biden's campaign said he and Jill Biden tested negative, but we know the virus can incubate for more than a few days before it shows up in a test show results for anyone who's been close to the president will be watched closely over the next few days earlier, Friday Biden said, he was praying for the president and his family and hopes. They have a quote Swift recovery.
The reaction from some leaders around the world was a little different and Rob Schmitz reports from Berlin on the well wishes and the other comments at a summit in Brussels EU leaders reacted swiftly to the news with German Chancellor Angela Merkel spokesperson wishing the trumps a speedy recovery and European Council president. Shawn Michelle tweeting that covid-19 is a battle. We all wage every day no matter where we live in the UK prime minister Boris Johnson. He was diagnosed with covid-19 and March wish to Trump's. Well, obviously, I think we want to send our best wishes to the president and the first lady and I've done that this morning as you can imagine and I'm sure that they'll pay stage very strong recovery, but other European politicians critical of President Trump's blacks approach to the virus in the US weren't as generous with their comments French government. Spokesman, Gabriella.
Positive test as proof that the virus Bears no one including those who are the most skeptical about it to reality and its gravity other politicians went further seizing the opportunity to criticize and even mock Trump European parliamentarian and former foreign minister of Poland. Radoslav Sikorsky tweeted. Mr. President. I suggest you do not try to treat yourself with bleach referring to trunks query earlier in the air about injecting bleach to treat the virus Global media was similarly critical part 5 ending up in in Washington Trump media Outlets. Like Germany is a r d leather newscast with the news with German newspaper dish Spiegel leading with the headline the American patient in China, the editor of the global times one of the country's largest tabloids wrote that the president and first lady are paying the price for his gamble to downplay the pandemic adding that this news shows how severe the pandemic really is.
US Bank in Germany, one of the top trending terms on Twitter is schadenfreude the German word for feeling pleasure from another suffering Germany and much of the EU is still reeling from billions of dollars worth of Terror has President Trump has imposed on a range of European products and there are still hard feelings / President Trump's decision to withdraw the us from the Paris climate Accord n from the World Health Organization whose director tatro's adoniram Gabriel has wished both President Trump and the first lady of full and Swift recovery.
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What would actually happen in the coming weeks if the president of the United States does not have a full and Swift recovery like if he gets really sick.
What would happened with the running of the country and with the election board are some real questions both about a president having an illness, especially if it were to get worse but also in terms of a presidential candidate John 48 is former executive director of the continuity of government commission, which was set up after 9/11. He's an expert in situations like this and he talked to my colleague David Green what sort of things are being discussed right now inside the White House and and were the president's Health to deteriorate. I mean, you've written that there can be confusion. There can be chaos. I made it to take us inside that building is the president at some point. Does he feel that he isn't able to carry out the duties of the presidency for time and there's a pretty clear provision in the 25th Amendment where he can sign over of the power of the presidency to the vice president and then when recovered a take it back and that's happened a few.
Times in recent years basically for elective surgeries, that would be pretty clear. I think will be a little harder as if the president got sick enough that he wasn't able to make the determination. There's still a provision in the Constitution where you can have the vice president of majority the cabinet say it's time for the vice president to take over and then into the most contentious situation. We've heard about another context that if the president disagreed with that Congress might have to decide whether to keep the president on order to keep the vice president. We also have the election and if it really came to the point where the president had to withdraw there's a very difficult procedure in trying to replace him at this time. Yeah, what did who makes that decision earlier? I think it's pretty clear. The party could have just stepped in and the party the party still has a roll of of selecting a new person.
I am the that would be the Party Committee. Could Elevate Mike Pence to the presidency and pick someone else as vice-president put that's a relatively simple but we've actually done that once in in the in the 70s with a vice presidential candidate being replaced Tom Eagleton a but the question now that the ballots are out as much more difficult. Could the president's name be removed from the ballot. I think it would be very difficult. But one further complication is in in our election of President. We're really not voting for president or voting for The electors in the Electoral College. Even if you don't see them in your State's ballot there behind those names and in theory, those people can be elected and then make a choice of of another person come December with some complications that are, presumably the Supreme Court, but basically that there is a possibility that that even if Donald Trump's name is still on the ballot and he were to have withdrawn that those electors could still end up voting for
For the Republican ticket, whatever that is in in December, I mean this this is obviously so so speculative put it as you said, I'm a loser extreme circumstances were talking about but your line of work like I wonder if you get people sometimes saying like a why do you dedicate so much time to scenarios that might never happen, but I guess there's an argument that these are really important questions that you want answered you have to plan for 4 for the worse than and most chaotic scenarios you do and I think we'd be better off with some better plans in place for it for a lot of these continuity scenarios questions of National Security might matter if we're not absolutely sure if the president is well, we we had cases well before the 25th Amendment Woodrow Wilson who was essentially incapacitated for his last Almost a year-and-a-half in the White House and the real the real question as to who is really running the government the vice president hadn't stepped in and so, you know, there are these questions. We don't want uncertainty in times of trouble.
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