Washington, D.C. — In what many are calling a shocking, yet unsurprising development, President Donald Trump nominated himself as “Acting” President of the United States of America. By adding himself as acting president, Mr. Trump will become the 16th member of his administration to hold an “acting” role for critical government functions.
“I like acting,” Acting President Trump told reporters earlier this week. “These temporary positions give me more flexibility. And Besides, the Constitution says nothing about impeaching an acting President. It’s one less thing the Democrats have on us, let me tell you. Frankly, I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before.”
Several White House insiders confirm that the President didn’t understand that he could make himself a temporary President, despite being elected in 2016. Moreover, it was advisor Stephen Miller, who mentioned to Mr. Trump that he would be free from impeachment, because, “you can’t impeach what is not there.”
The Attorney General Agrees
Later in the day, Attorney General William Barr confirmed that the President was now in an “acting” role and that it was entirely within the power of the Executive Branch to do this.
“I applaud the President for recognizing his power to promote himself to acting status, which is one of many ways he can free himself from Congressional oversight,” said Mr. Barr reading from prepared comments. “The course the President has chosen today will bring unprecedented resources to bear on how he will direct and lead this country, as the President explained in his remarks earlier today. Some in the media have been suggesting—in the hysterical mode of the day—that the President has been planning take over America. Nothing could be further from the truth. So with these burdens removed, the president can now do the job that he was elected to do.”
Several Constitutional scholars maintain that the President can not ostensibly demote himself to acting status. Moreover, this extra-Constitutional maneuver does not protect him from impeachment. It might lead to an automatic “self-impeachment” as he might have inadvertently resigned.
“We’re looking into it,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi when asked about the President’s new role at her weekly press briefing. “The judicial committee is taking the matter up early next week. We need to gather the evidence first before we proceed with any actions like impeachment. It’s essential we do our due diligence.”
If Congress allows the nation’s first “acting” President, the Senate will have to approve this new position.