US Vice President Mike Pence was put on standby to temporarily take charge of the presidency during President Donald Trump’s unannounced visit to Walter Reed hospital in November 2019, New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt stated in his book.
Journalist Michael Schmidt revealed details about Trump’s health. He said in his book that Trump is dealing with heart and mental diseases. He was admitted to a hospital last year due to an anesthesia attack.
A copy of Michael Schmidt’s upcoming book was revealed by CNN according to which Trump had gone through “quick exam and labs” as part of his annual physical out of anticipation of a “very busy 2020”.
Schmidt writes that he earned “in the hours leading up to Trump’s trip to the hospital, word went out in the West Wing for the vice president to be on standby to take over the powers of the presidency temporarily if Trump had to undergo a procedure that would have required him to be anesthetized.”
Mike Pence told an international news source that he had been put on standby during Trump’s visit. He said, “I’m always informed of the President’s movements — whether it was on that day or any other day, I’m informed. But there was no, there was nothing out of the ordinary about that moment or that day.”
When asked whether he had been placed on standby, Pence replied, “I don’t recall being told to be on standby. I was informed that the President had a doctor’s appointment,” adding that “part of this job is you’re always on standby, you’re the vice president of the United States.”