He said he was next in line as Speaker. The da forgot the VP is next in line.
General Haig was never Speaker! He as WH Chief of Staff:
“The Vice President had been notified and he was flying back from Texas and in the meantime Al Haig was in control at the White House. A particularly infelicitous choice of words which, I think, already in the minds of many Reagan supporters and staff, for Al Haig to come up and say that I, Al Haig, am in control here at the White House, just convinced many people that, first of all he was intemperate and injudicious and not suited for the role, and further that he had vast ambitions of power in the administration which were not in keeping with the way that Reagan cabinet secretaries were expected to behave.”
And even then you have the Speaker of the House and the President Pro Temp of the Senate before the Secretary of State.
General Haig was never the Speaker.