Economic guru Ron Insana is bluntly questioning whether President Donald Trump is fit to remain in office.
“Policy debates should simply cease to matter now,” he wrote for CNBC.com, referring to tax reform and healthcare battles on Capitol Hill.
“We should, however belatedly, be discussing whether President Trump remains fit and competent enough to remain the leader of the free world,” wrote Insana, a CNBC and MSNBC contributor and the author of four books on Wall Street.
“His own chief of staff confirmed that the president has looked into either amending, or abolishing, the First Amendment. The bedrock amendment on which this nation was founded is an apparent insult to presidential prerogatives,” Insana wrote.
“This, as the president recently referred to the entire Constitution as ‘archaic.’ That document is the very one and only, upon taking the oath of office, he has sworn, and is required, to uphold. It is quite clear that this president is unfamiliar with constitutional law and, understandably, may not yet heard about the 25th Amendment,” Insana wrote.
Section IV of the Amendment states: "Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President."
“Since taking the oath of office, he has impugned his predecessors and, according to some published estimates, made over 400 unsubstantiated claims in the mere three months he has sat in the Oval,” Insana wrote.
“And, since March of 2015, when then citizen Trump began exploring a run for the White House, I maintained that he did not have the requisite skills, temperament or character to occupy the Oval Office. His most recent behavior not only confirms those observations, in my opinion, but also goes well beyond the realm of being simply ill-suited for the job,” Insana wrote.
“For the good of the country, our people, our allies, and to a much lesser extent, even our enemies, Congress should give that amendment a fresh look and, if agreed, make use of it.”
Obviously, other respected voices disagree with Insana.
For his part, veteran financial guru and former Ronald Reagan adviser Larry Kudlow is urging any impatient investors to just give Trump a chance to fully enact his strategies to reform healthcare, spark economic growth and redesign the tax system.
After all, Trump has been in office a relatively short time and has inherited a mountain of problems from the past two decades. “He's trying to fix a lot of problems that have gone unfixed in the last 20 years,” Kudlow explained to CNBC.
Meanwhile, many other respected economic voices are predicting robust growth and additional stock-market gains amid Trump's blueprint to truly "Make America Great Again."
David Horowitz, author of the best-selling book "Big Agenda: President Trump's Plan to Save America," told Newsmax TV that the market rally since Republican Donald Trump won the election has more room for gains as the president pushes his pro-business agenda.
“There's more upside. Starting from when he was president-elect he started this stock market boom,” he told Newsmax TV's “The Income Generation Show.”
“There will be corrections. There are going to be setbacks along the way like the healthcare which they hurried too fast. If you're looking over the long term of this administration I think the stock market is going to love Trump,” Horowitz said.
(Newsmax wires services contributed to this report).
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