After President Donald Trump and the first lady identified Covid-19 positive, one of the more pressing issue is roaming around - who can be next on the line if President Donald Trump were ever unable to perform the duties of the US president?
As a 74-year-old man who qualifies as medically obese, Trump is at a particularly high risk of experiencing serious complications from Covid-19.
The US has created policies and protocols for a long line of succession to ensure the peaceful transfer of power under all circumstances, like if a president resigns, gets impeached and removed from office, dies in office, or is otherwise incapable of serving.
The Presidential Succession Act, first enacted in 1792 and most recently amended in 1947 at the dawn of the nuclear age, stipulates that the presidential line of succession goes down heads of Congress and then the president's cabinet, reports Business Insider.
Under Trump, the line of succession includes Vice President Mike Pence, two members of Congress, and 14 cabinet officials. Of them, 15 are men and three are women, though one woman, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, is a naturalized citizen who is included but ineligible to serve as president because she was born outside of the United States to non-American parents.
While turnover in the role of US president remains extremely rare, the line provides political stability and military-grade redundancy should anything ever happen to the commander in chief.
Here is the list of the probable candidates who might get a chance to sit on the throne if Trump proves to be unfit to continue his responsibilities after all -
Vice President Mike Pence
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Senate President Pro Tempore Chuck Grassley
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper
Attorney General Bill Barr
Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt