US Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has called on senior administration officials to oust US President Donald Trump following the release of another damning report about Trump’s impulsive nature.
A Wednesday op-ed in The New York Times, titled “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration,” written by an anonymous official, described how the Trump administration had been stopping the chief executive from making detrimental mistakes due to his poor morals and unruly behavior.
“If senior administration officials think the president of the United States is not able to do his job, then they should invoke the 25th Amendment,” Warren, who is a potential 2020 presidential candidate, told media on Thursday.
Section 4 of the 25th Amendment of the Constitution allows the vice president and cabinet officials to write to Congress if they believe the president is not capable of fulfilling his duties. In that event, the vice president would assume presidential duties.
“What kind of a crisis do we have if senior officials believe that the president can’t do his job and then refuse to follow the rules that have been laid down in the Constitution?” Warren asked. “They can’t have it both ways.”
The 1967 amendment allows the temporary transfer of power in case the president is unable to do his job. The temporary transfer becomes permanent after Congress approves a subsequent vote that states that the president lacks the ability to carry out his duties.
The op-ed was published, a day after a book from renowned investigative journalist Bob Woodward’s named Fear: Trump in the White House came out.
The book paints a harrowing portrait of the Trump presidency in which Trump’s inner circle tries to control Trump’s impulses and prevent detrimental decisions by the president.
It also describes how Trump administration officials would remove important documents from his desk to prevent him from signing.
Woodward describes the situation in the White House as “an administrative coup d’etat” launched by the top officials.