U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday (November 7) dismissed a reported claim that he would have considered using the 25th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to remove President Donald Trump from office.
Pence was responding to a journalist who had asked for his reaction to a news report overnight on the HuffPost which said that an upcoming book written under the pen name “Anonymous” will claim the Vice President was willing to invoke the amendment if a majority of Trump’s Cabinet also wanted the president removed.
The 25th Amendment enables the president’s Cabinet to remove him from office if they feel he is unable or unfit to discharge the duties of the presidency.
In reporting the account, the HuffPost said it had obtained pages of the anonymously-written book ahead of its publication and that it’s author was “reportedly … an unnamed senior White House official” .
“I never heard any discussion in my entire tenure as Vice President about the 25th Amendment,” Pence told reporters in Concord, New Hampshire, where earlier he had submitted Trump’s paperwork to enter the crucial first-in-the-nation primary for his 2020 re-election bid. “The very notion … is just appalling to me,” he said, in reference to the anonymously-written book.
Pence in 2018 had denied writing an anonymous column in the New York Times that asserted many senior officials were part of “a quiet resistance” within the Trump administration.
“When those rumors came out a few years ago, I dismissed them then, Pence told reporters on Thursday. “I dismissed them several years ago and I’m happy to dismiss them without qualification today,” he said.
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