The vicepresident assumes the top position if the president dies in office, resigns, becomes unable to do his or her job, or is removed from office through impeachment.
Nine vicepresidents have assumed the presidency upon the death or resignation of the president.
In such cases, the president may hand over power to the vicepresident by sending a written message to the Congress of the UnitedStatesstating that he or she is unable to carry out the presidential duties.
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