President Donald Trump has tested positive for COVID-19, and a White House official says the president is experiencing "mild symptoms." The 25th Amendment outlines what would happen if Trump becomes unable to perform the duties of his office. (Oct. 2)
WILLIAM HOWELL: We have the 25th Amendment to make it absolutely clear what the line of succession ought to be in the eventuality that a president is unable to discharge his duties. Next in line would be the Vice President, Mike Pence. Should he in turn also be unable to exercise the powers of the office, then it would go to the majority leader, that would be Nancy Pelosi. Next in line still is president pro tem in the Senate, Chuck Grassley. From there it goes to Secretary of the State, Mike Pompeo, and then Steve Mnuchin. There are instances, though, where a President may be incapacitated, in which case there will be questions about whether or not he can actually discharge his duties.