Boston Political Analyst: How The 25th Amendment Transfers Power

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — With President Trump in the hospital with COVID-19, experts are looking to the Constitution for a potential course-of-action.

Boston-based political analyst Dr. James Boys told WBZ NewsRadio that if the President's health doesn't improve quickly, we'll be hearing a lot about the functions of the 25th Amendment, which facilitates the transfer of power if a president is incapacitated.

"He could make a declaration transferring power via the president pro tempore of the Senate and Speaker of the House," Dr. Boys said. "That would transfer powers to the Vice President as Acting President."

Simply put, Trump could essentially call out sick, and let Mike Pence take over for a little while. Dr. Boys said there is precedence for this kind of thing.

"Ronald Regan underwent surgery in 1985, and at that point he transferred power to then Vice President George H.W. Bush," Dr. Boys said.

More recently, George W. Bush handed over Presidential power to Dick Cheney twice during routine colonoscopies. So far, the Trump Administration has not signaled that it will invoke the 25th Amendment.

WBZ NewsRadio's Matt Shearer reports:

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