The White House has not said when Trump last tested negative for the virus — which would help pinpoint when he was infected — because that’s his “privatemedical history.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, said two negative PCR tests 24 hours apart are a key factor in determining whether someone is still contagious.
“So, if the president goes 10 days without symptoms, and they do the tests that we were talking about, then you could make the assumption, based on good science, that he is not infected,” Fauci said Thursday on MSNBC.
Pelosi planned to roll out the legislation that would launch the commission for review on Friday. Congress is not in session, so any serious consideration of the measure, let alone votes, is unlikely. But the bill serves as a political tool to stoke questions about Trump’s health during the coronavirus pandemic.
The bill would create a commission as outlined under the 25th Amendment, which was passed by Congress and ratified in 1967 to ensure continuity of power in the aftermath of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.
It says the vice president and a majority of principal officers of the executive departments “or of such other body as Congress may by law provide” can declare to Congress that the president “is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.” At that point, the vice president would immediately assume the powers of acting president.