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What happens if Donald Trump resigns?

Here’s who the U.S. President would have to inform (with a simple letter)—and who would be next in the line to take his place

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during an interview with Reuters in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 27, 2017. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during an interview with Reuters in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 27, 2017. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)

Donald Trump turbulence continues as the President deals with the fallout of firing FBI director James Comey and the subsequent hiring by the U.S. Department of Justice of a special counsel to lead the investigation into alleged ties between Russia and Trump’s campaign.

While some are talking about impeachment, Tony Schwartz, Trump’s ghostwriter for The Art of the Deal, thinks Trump is going to resign before that process ever unfolds.

This is what would happen if Trump actually did resign.

According to U.S. Code 3 Section 20, he would have to submit his resignation in writing to the U.S. Secretary of State, currently Rex Tillerson, who would have to initial it and acknowledge receipt. (Or, at least, that’s what Secretary of State Henry Kissinger did in 1974 when Richard Nixon resigned, the only time in U.S. history it has happened.)

According to the 25th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, upon Trump’s resignation, Vice-President Mike Pence would instantly become president, though he would only take the Oath of Office shortly after. He would also have a swearing-in ceremony.

If Pence is also somehow compromised, deemed unfit for office, or resigns himself, the next in line to the presidency is the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Congressman Paul Ryan. After Ryan comes the president pro tempore of the Senate, a position that usually goes to the senior member of the majority party. Right now, that’s 83-year-old Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch.



What happens if Donald Trump resigns?

  1. Well they won’t do anything sensible like declare the election invalid or crooked and award it to Hillary.

    Or hold it again.

    No, Pastor Pence will get it

    • Thank goodness it will be Pence. He can get on with the policies to fix Obama’s mess without all of the drama. Clinton would have just added four more years to the mess.

      • I see you’re showing the same good judgement you did when you backed Trump.

        Pence is an evangelical catholic. He needs a chaperone when he meets a woman.

  2. So Paul Ryan is only two heartbeats away from the Presidency? What motivation could he possibly have for letting Trump and Pence dig their hole deeper and deeper?

    • Ryan turned it down at least twice before.

  3. What happens if Donald Trump resigns?
    Well, for starters, the U.S. would slump back into the socialist cesspit from which it was just starting to emerge. Even just a brief review of the shenanigans of Obama and his deceitful ways clearly identifies what has been happening to the U.S. Combine this with what another Clinton was planning to bring to office and the country would quickly sink to the depths we are now experiencing in Canada.
    Many in the U.S. do not realize how lucky they really are.

    • Still trying to blame the black guy and the woman for the mess two white guys created eh?

      Sorry……won’t work

    • With thinking like yours, if I was you, I would seriously consider moving to US while Trump is still President!

  4. Considering the mindset of the american voting public, maybe Larry, Curly or Moe will be nominated.

    • They already had that option with Clinton and took a pass!

      • Simple sexism….and look at the mess it’s landed them in,