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Commentators: Trump's Tweets Suggest Lack Of Short Term Memory And Mental Stability

Questions about President Trump’s mental state arose Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” according to Mediaite.

The news site reported that the commentators on the show’s panel accused the president of being “anxious,” “afraid” and “crazy.” Host Joe Scarborough and historian Jon Meacham agreed that Trump has problems with his memory. Panelist Steve Rattner declared that the president’s first several months in office have been “all loony toons.”

“This is so unbalanced. This is so. He is not well,” Scarborough said. “You actually had yesterday the president of the United States attacking the Justice Department — his Justice Department — for a decision he signed off on. It’s almost as if he doesn’t remember he signed off on it. It’s almost as if he doesn’t remember all the things he said about making it a better executive order.”

Scarborough was referring to Trump’s Twitter storm in which he advocated his first anti-immigration executive order, which federal judges have blocked. The Supreme Court is considering whether to reverse rulings by lower federal courts that a second executive order also violated the Constitution’s religious freedom requirement by calling for a temporary ban on travelers from certain Muslim-majority nations. Trump insisted on calling his proposal a “travel ban,” even though White House officials and the administration’s lawyers have been refuting that term.

“I don’t know about his long-term memory, but I know he has no short-term memory,” Scarborough said. “Whether he remembers that he signed off on this new order or not, he’s assuming that the rest of us, or at least a significant number of the rest of us, are either too slow or too perverse to remember it, as well.”

Mediaite noted that some of Trump’s critics are citing the Constitution’s 25th Amendment, which allows for removing any president who lacks the mental stability to carry out the duties of the office. Impeachment is not necessary if a majority of cabinet secretaries agree to invoke the amendment. The vice president also gets a vote in the process, which may seem odd since that is who would ascend to the highest office.

The Washington Post reported that the amendment came into being partly as a result of President Dwight Eisenhower’s illnesses in the 1950s and President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963. Eisenhower, after suffering a heart attack and a stroke, wrote a letter calling for Vice President Richard Nixon to take over if necessary. Eisenhower also proposed a more permanent solution for such situations: a constitutional amendment.

The law, known as the presidential succession clause, provides the process for maintaining the executive branch in cases of death, resignation, forced removal from office and inability to perform. The amendment also gives the president the power to name a new vice president if the office becomes vacant, though confirmation by the House and Senate is required.

A third section of the amendment provides for the president to transfer power to the vice president due to physical or mental problems. Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush temporarily ceded power to their vice presidents when they had surgical procedures that involved anesthesia.

Source: Mediaite
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