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Putin is de facto leader for more than 3 mandates (not much big difference from "for life") and I do not remember to be illustrated so harshly Consider revisiting your news sources somewhat. There was an international outcry at the time (in the West anyway), because he had the constitution changed to stay in power. Plus, whataboutism is a logical fallacy. ...


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The bolded part doesn't apply to President Trump. Specifically, it includes the following: of a term to which some other person was elected President President Trump is only serving in the term to which he was elected. If, in addition to the current term where he has been elected president, he had also served over two years of a term to which someone else ...


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Air Force One isn't an airplane, it's the callsign for whatever US Air Force airplane the President happens to be flying in. Currently, the airplane most often used as Air Force One is a VC-25A, and the US Air Force has two of them in service. (If the President flies in a military aircraft from a different branch then the callsign would reflect that branch. ...


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The short answer is no. The longer answer is that this framing isn't particularly helpful. There are a number of overlapping factors that prevent the president from legally suspending elections like some tinpot dictator. In particular Article II Section I of the Constitution and the 12th, 20th, 22nd, and 25th amendments which combine to define ...


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The last sentence of the Twelfth Amendment to the United States Constitution states that But no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States. [source] According to the Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution No person shall be elected to the office of ...


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Prior to the passage of the twenty-second amendment, Grover Cleveland served non-consecutive terms (and Franklin Delano Roosevelt served four terms). So clearly it was legal then. The active portion of the amendment's text is: Section 1. No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office ...


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There will be others wanting power in China. If the President has a 10 year maximum term then those others can hope to gain power keeping out of trouble, biding their time, building networks of support. I.e. playing the usual political games. If the President cannot be removed by constitutional means, then the only way for him to be removed is extra-...


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A lame duck President could nominate someone to Supreme Court vacancy, but the Senate may or may not confirm. This happened in 1800 when John Adams lost his re-election. Chief Justice Oliver Elsworth resigned. Adams nominated John Jay (the first Chief Justice who had resigned in 1795 to become Governor of New York.) who was then confirmed by the Senate. Jay ...


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If the president and vice president both want to replace themselves, they do not need the cooperation of Congress; they can just resign. But there is no mechanism for calling elections to replace them in such a case; no matter how they leave office, the president would be replaced according to the well established line of succession, and the new president ...


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Under section 1 of the 20th Amendment, The terms of the President and Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January, and the terms of Senators and Representatives at noon on the 3d day of January, of the years in which such terms would have ended if this article had not been ratified; and the terms of their successors shall then begin. ...


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The bolded section does not preclude somebody from serving two non-consecutive terms, it says that if somebody serves or acts as president for more than half of a term without being elected president (probably because they were vice president and filled a vacancy), they can only be elected to one full term. Trump lost the election and will not serve or act ...


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This is one of the cases that the framers of the 22nd Amendment to the US constitution (the law in question) had already considered: ... no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once. ...


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As an empirical fact, the very same person is much more likely to win an election if that person in an incumbent than if that person is not and there is an open race, or a candidate is challenging an incumbent. This is because, among other things, an incumbent has better name recognition, challenges to an incumbent from a member of the same political party ...


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Short answer: No the constitution doesn't expect or allow for this. But you ask for a hypothetical case in which (for some unspecified reason) Congress, the Vice President and the President wish to collude to effect an early election. So... with some interpretation of the constitution, and assuming everyone wants to play ball. The president and the vice ...


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Why "president for life" in China is such a big deal? — Because the increasing shift towards a dictatorship state¹ may trigger a chain of uncontrolled events that, in turn, would undermine the Western investments and the international trade. TL;DR The logic is fairly simple: In any country, the government is a mixture of various groups of influence; ...


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The Constitution sets a presidential term at 4 years, and the 22nd amendment pretty firmly sets a two-term maximum: No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be ...


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Other answers covered the technicality around the call sign but regarding your point about the plane being a ”mobile command center of the head of the US armed forces” it's important to note that, besides the two Boeing VC-25, the US Air Force also maintains at least four other airplanes (Boeing E-4) that could serve for that purpose. Typically, one of these ...


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This clause would be for a Vice President who becomes president. If Pence had become President for two years and a day because something happened to Trump, then Pence could only be elected once as President. If Trump threw the towel in right now and Pence became President for two months, he could then become President for two terms.


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The 22nd amendment is the only law preventing him from running for a third term. In theory, they could amend the constitution to allow him to run for a third term. There are a couple problems though: They probably wouldn't finish amending the constitution before election day. It requires action by both the federal Congress and at least three-fourths ...


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Has President Joe Biden made any public statements on wanting to run for a second term? Yes, Joe Biden says he expects to run for reelection in 2024, March 25, 2021. “My plan is to run for reelection. That’s my expectation,” Biden told reporters on Thursday during his first news conference as president. He later reaffirmed that it’s his “expectation” he ...


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I would conjecture NO. The Supreme Court has yet to decide a case of contested citizenship for a Presidential candidate. This leaves only supposition, but the following Congressional Research Service report suggests only that eligble candidates meet legal requirements of citizenship "at birth".[NOTE: link is to a pdf derived via wikipedia article on the "...


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According to Wikipedia, a very similar scenario as JamesK answer almost happened: In his book The Shadow Presidents, which he published in 1979, Michael Medved describes a situation that arose prior to the 1916 election, when the First World War was raging in Europe. In view of the contemporary international turmoil, President Woodrow Wilson thought ...


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There are no rules or limitations about when, where or who a President can nominte to a Supreme Court vacancy other than that the acting President must make the nomination and the current Senate must confirm the nominee by majority vote. So yes. Even the odd case where an acting President makes a nomination on Jan 4 (after new Congress is seated, but new ...


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The Vice-President is not term limited as Vice-president. The term limitation comes from the 22nd Amendment, which says nothing of the Vice-President. It reads, in whole: AMENDMENT XXII Section 1. No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more ...


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No. This is like asking if the President can change the meaning of the words in the constitution by redefining English. The words "noon" "20" "day" and "January" have common meanings. Playing games with "President Saving Time" has no effect on this reality. The President may, in this situation, have to be removed by force. There is nothing in the ...


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The US has a presidential term limit of two terms; it doesn't matter whether or not the terms are consecutive. If you've served two terms, you can never again be President; if you haven't served two terms, you're perfectly able to run again.


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Absolutely. There's a simple loophole in the 22nd amendment which allows this to occur: No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice And combined with the 25th amendment, which came two decades later: Whenever there is a vacancy in the office of the Vice President, the President shall nominate a Vice President who shall ...


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The president-elect has no formal power or position in the government until he is inaugurated in January. However, the president-elect has influence. He can signal his plans and intentions, either publicly to the population or through informal, semi-private conversations with other leaders. Biden in particular has an extensive list of contacts in the US ...


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Russia is a democracy (at least nominally). Vladimir Putin could lose a race for the presidency. Xi Jinping will not have to face this at more than the most nominal level. This is not to say that there is no way for him to leave office short of death, but if he does leave, it won't be as a result of public voting. He would leave by some form of coup. ...


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There is no precedent for either scenario. It seems that legal commentary reads this as "no more than two consecutive terms, unlimited total terms."


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