Pressured again on the subject of the 25th Amendment, Azar said: “It would not be appropriate for me to discuss – and I never have – my conversations with colleagues or with the President and Vice President.”
Azar’s refusal to back Trump by definitively closing speculation on the Cabinet’s 25th deliberation on change marks a remarkable departure for the secretary – who has repeatedly sought to cut the president’s favor in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and has been reliably loyal to the White House.
But Azar’s remarks Tuesday underscore the serious threat the Trump presidency now faces in the wake of last week̵
Many Democratic lawmakers, several former federal officials, some governors and at least one member of the Republican House have all demanded Trump’s immediate removal from office. A number of administration officials have resigned in recent days, including three members of the cabinet: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Transport Secretary Elaine Chao and Acting Home Secretary Chad Wolf.
If Vice President Mike Pence does not initiate proceedings to remove him, House Democrats have warned that the House is ready to accuse Trump on Wednesday of inciting the uprising at the Capitol. He would be the only president in American history to be charged twice.