Politicians must be particularly in danger of epidemic diseases. They spend their time in parliaments and congresses and meetings and rallies, ‘pressing the flesh.’ So no surprise that
Leader of Italy’s Democratic Party Infected with Coronavirus
But what about this?
As the novel coronavirus spreads through Westchester County’s Jewish community following an outbreak in New Rochelle, it’s perhaps unsurprising that several individuals who attended the 2020 AIPAC conference, which was held in Washington DC earlier this week, have tested positive for the virus.
The incident is rapidly becoming a lesson in just how difficult it is to keep VIPs – including even senior leaders in our government – away from the virus. In a statement released Friday evening, the organizers of the conference confirmed that two attendees had tested positive at an event where Vice President Mike Pence was a keynote speaker, and where several other senior administration officials were present.
Other high-ranking Republicans in attendance included Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senator and former Trump rival Ted Cruz and Rep. Liz Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney.
What happens if VP Mike Pence tests positive in a few days time? What happens if Donald Trump tests positive as well?
I suppose that Trump and Pence would be quarantined. Would Trump be able to continue with his duties while living in quarantine? He’d have to conduct all his meetings by phone and video. But there’d be papers needing his signature. What would his Secret Service bodyguard do?
And then what if Trump gets pneumonia? And Pence as well? What if they are both obliged to step down from their positions. Who becomes POTUS? As far as I know the answer is:
Nancy Pelosi – the current speaker of the House of Representatives.
But it could be even worse than that. Nancy Pelosi is likely to be replaced as speaker pretty soon. So what if the new speaker, and President of the United States, turned out to be…
That would be quite a coup, wouldn’t it?