What in the world?
In a report that struck many as surreal, CNN decided to spend some time discussing how things might immediately play out if President-elect Donald
Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence happened to be assassinated during the course of Friday’s inauguration.
Somewhere along the line, editorially, the powers that be at CNN apparently decided that a piece by correspondent Brian Todd…speculating on what would happen should such a terrible event occur…was actually a worthwhile, relevant piece of journalism.
As reported by a variety of news outlets, including Sputnik International, Todd began by discussing all of the security measures that will actually be in place on behalf of helping to ensure the inauguration goes off without serious incident, but then decided to proceed down a rather dark road, wondering aloud “who would be in charge if an attack hit the incoming president, vice-president, and Congressional leaders just as the transfer of power is underway.”
From there, Todd, walked the audience through the likely succession scenario:
“According to the Constitution,” he said, “if the president and vice president are killed or incapacitated, next in line is the House Speaker, then the President Pro Tempore of the Senate.”
“But what if something happened to them at the inauguration, too?” he pondered. “After that, it goes down the list of cabinet secretaries, starting with secretary of state. On the day of the inauguration, as a precaution, a cabinet secretary called the 'designated presidential successor' will not attend the inauguration, ready to step in if something happens.”
“But it won't be a Trump cabinet secretary, since none of them have been confirmed yet. It will be an Obama appointee,” Todd said. “No word from the White House on who that will be on Friday.”
You mean, he actually asked the White House about this?
Noteworthy in Todd’s analysis is that the scenario concludes with a member of Obama’s cabinet taking over as president.
Oh, well, THAT figures.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large