BREAKING: WH pool reports the President Trump is going to Walter Reed Medical Center shortly.
— Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) October 2, 2020
I figured something was up when he missed the teleconference this AM.
Another source says an email went out to all governors’ offices four hours ago inviting them a call w POTUS. Here is email. pic.twitter.com/3yOw8esiGZ
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) October 2, 2020
So we don’t know exactly what is up yet, but given the medical equipment and capabilities at the White House, the President is only taken to Walter Reed if he cannot be adequately treated on site. So this is going to be an evolving situation and I expect that actual information, partially accurate information, and RUMINT is going to start flooding the information space. We don’t know what this actually is about, but we can conclude that it is not routine. That said, take everything with a huge grain of salt.
One reminder for anyone who might ask about it in comments: unless the 25th Amendment is invoked by the Vice President and/or another Cabinet member and the process that sets in place is successfully implemented, then the President will remain President even should he become incapacitated. The only other way for the power of the presidency to be transferred is if the President signs an authorization doing so and transferring them to the Vice President.
We are off the looking glass and through the map!!!!
Update at 5:41 PM EDT
Here’s a live feed from ABC News of Marine One waiting for the President at the White House.