U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said he opposes the removal of current head of state Donald Trump under the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution for failure to serve as president. He expressed this position in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday, January 12.
According to Pence, such actions are not in the interests or the Constitution of the United States. He also recalled that there are eight days left of Trump’s presidential term, CNBC reported.
“Under the Constitution, the 25th Amendment is not a means of punishment and usurpation, invoking the 25th Amendment in this way would set a terrible precedent,” the vice president said.
He urged Congress to avoid actions that would further divide society or lead to increased confrontation.
“Let’s work together to reduce the heat and unify our country as we prepare for the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden,” Pence wrote.
He also assured that he would participate in a peaceful transition of power.
On January 11, the House of Representatives released the text of a resolution to impeach Trump. The authors of the document believe that the current U.S. president will remain a threat to national security, democracy and the country’s constitution, based on his actions on the day of the riots near Congress.