I used to think the succession lines if a president is incapacitated or dies were clear. Not so much.
The article is fascinating in two ways.
First, the actual lines are not clear. Most of us assumed VP, Speaker of the House, president of Senate pro tempore, then a line of cabinet (Senate approved, not interim) officials starting with State and the in order of creation.
Next, however, is Congress the right place for presidential succession since they are not the Executive Branch and we should not mix Constitutional structures?
There are norms not codified in our government. When you get a norm breaking president like Trump, they become very visible and problematic.
it seems to me that, simply put, our Government is based on a lot of assumptions. We know that “assume” is spelled ASS U and ME.