If professor and political historian Ronald L. Feinman is correct, President Donald J. Trump will have the second shortest US Presidency in American history.
Feinman believes Trump will remain in his current role “between the 31 days of William Henry Harrison in 1841”, who died pneumonia and the “199 days of James A. Garfield in 1881”, who died 79 days into his Presidency after he was shot by an assassin.
The historian says that even if Trump dragged out the US Presidency for a little while longer, he will likely not last the 16 months and 5 days of 12th US President Zachary Taylor, who died of a digestive ailment.
Feinman is a leader in Presidential fates, having recently published a book about the unfortunate outcomes of US leaders.
In a blog post, he added that he thought it was likely that Mr. Trump will be impeached or forced to resign in a matter of weeks. His remarks were made after the White House admitted the President was told several weeks ago that his National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had liked about his contact with a Russian diplomat.
Professor Feinman, who teaches at Florida Atlantic University adds,
“Many foreign policy professionals are shaking their head at Trump’s inappropriate behavior and language every time he speaks in public, or issues a Twitter comment, and his instability and recklessness”, he said, citing Mr Trump’s decision to hold a security meeting over the North Korean missile test in a public space in earshot of other people as “a sign of his failure to act responsibly”.
“The fact that Vice President Mike Pence played a major role in pushing Flynn out is a sign that Pence is already asserting himself with Trump” he added.
The closest the United States has ever come to impeaching a US President was Richard Nixon, who resigned before he could be officially impeached.