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MSNBC Openly Questions Whether an Acting Cabinet Secretary Can Be Designated Survivor

"We're debating this: can an acting Cabinet secretary be the designated survivor?"

By NTK Staff | 02.05.2019 @5:33pm

In a bit of banter between MSNBC programs, Chuck Todd asked Nicolle Wallace whether she thought an acting Cabinet secretary could be the designated survivor for President Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday.

“Hi, Nicole I’ve got homework for you and your friends at the panel. We’re debating this: can an acting Cabinet secretary be the designated survivor?” Todd asked Wallace.

“We don’t think so because COG, continuity of government, has Constitutional connotations,” Wallace said.

“Well, that’s what we think, too,” Todd responded.

Wallace told Todd that she would use Google to figure out the answer to Todd’s question.

The designated survivor is a Cabinet-level Secretary that the president of the United States selects to watch the State of the Union from a secure location in case there is an attack on the Capitol during the State of the Union.

Currently, there are three acting Cabinet secretaries in Trump’s Administration.

The awkward exchange was probably spurred by Donny Deutsch, who briefly questioning whether an acting Cabinet secretary – rather than one confirmed by the Senate – could be the designated survivor during a panel discussion on Wallace’s show before the start of “Meet the Press Daily.”

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