FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT WASHINGTON – For the moment, Donald Trump’s rallies are virtual, thanks to the support of friendly journalists. The first was broadcast on the radio broadcast by Rush Limbaugh, one of the most followed columnist in the conservative world, awarded by Trump himself with the “Medal of Freedom” on February 4. The second in the evening, with an interview with Tucker Carlson, anchorman of Fox News who had launched the show like this: “The President will undergo a live medical examination.”
Mid-day, ABC TV reveals Trump’s first public event won’t be a Florida rally as it seemed. but a “speech to the nation” delivered from the “Truman balcony” on the south side of the White House.
In reality, strong doubts remain about the president’s health. The medical team did not say if he swabbed, and with what outcome. The CDC, the federal authority, recommends a minimum of ten days of isolation for Covid positives, but warns that in “moderate or severe” cases the viral load can be contagious for up to 20 days, if not more. Trump faces new attacks. The Speaker of the House, the Democrat Nancy Pelosi, called a press conference to explain “the initiative on the 25th amendment to the Constitution”, that is the norm that allows the removal of the president in case of physical or mental “incapacity”. The other day Pelosi exposed herself with an ambiguous announcement that everyone in Washington had read as an attempt to oust Trump. Another impeachment. But yesterday the Speaker drastically reduced the political impact of her move: “The current president has nothing to do with it. He will be judged by the voters ». Basically Pelosi asks Congress to set up the Commission envisaged by section 4 of the 25th amendment: “A bipartisan and mixed body between the House and the Senate that can decide, case by case, if there are the conditions to transfer powers from the Commander in Chief to the vice president “. The parliamentary leader explained that “the Commission will be a useful tool in the future” even though she later acknowledged: “Of course, we also want to raise the issue of the president’s health“, adding with a bit of perfidy: “According to some doctors, the drugs the president takes can alter the mental faculties of patients. I don’t know, I repeat: I don’t know ».
Republican Senator leader Mitch McConnell dismissed the matter as “nonsense.” Trump tweeted: “Crazy Pelosi wants to work on the 25th Amendment to replace Joe Biden with Kamala Harris. The Democrats want it to happen soon because sleeping Joe is already out of control. ‘
The other controversy of the day takes us to Michigan, where the FBI discovered the plan hatched by a group of extremists to kidnap Gretchen Whitmer, the Democratic governor. Whitmer accused Trump of encouraging “white supremacists” and armed militias to take action. The last time in the debate with Biden, on September 29, when “The Donald” invited the Proud Boys, a group of “patriots”, to “watch and be ready”. President’s Response: “My Department of Justice and my federal agents thwarted a plot against Governor Whitmer. But instead of saying thank you, Whitmer calls me a white supremacist. ‘
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