Here’s What Donald Trump Can Actually Do As President
President Trump will be the leader of the "free world,” but even that job has its limitations.
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Donald Trump officially won the 2016 presidential election Tuesday and the problematic Republican will take office in January. As President of the United States, Trump will be the commander-in-chief of the military and “leader of the free world.” Those facts have been cause for concern in many, especially given the ideas he put forward as a candidate. But, while the presidency is indeed a powerful position, its power are defined and limited by the Constitution.
After Trump was elected, Complex looked again at Article ii of the Constitution to remind ourselves of what exactly Trump will have say over once he’s sworn in. Here’s what it says.
He, of course, can appoint his own cabinet, judges, and ambassadors
The president and the executive branch have the power to pick federal officials such as judges and ambassadors, and members of the Cabinet. Appointed by the president and confirmed by Congress, Cabinet members—Secretary of State, Education, Attorney General are meant to help the president make decisions and are usually the president’s closest advisors. Though the Senate may choose not to confirm the president’s choice of personnel, Congress cannot limit or disregard the President’s ability to make these picks.
He can also remove people from his cabinet
The president is able to remove any executive branch member he wants. Congress cannot prevent this action completely, but it can block the president when it comes to certain offices, like the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for example.
He can pardon people who break federal laws
The president has the power to grant pardons to criminals in the United States. A pardon is an official forgiveness for an acknowledged crime. The president may pardon anyone who is accused or sentenced to a federal crime, restoring their freedom.
He can make business deals with other countries
The president can make political decisions with other nations that decide how we do business with them. For example, he has the ability to negotiate and sign treaties—agreements between the U.S. and other countries.
He’ll command the military
According to the Constitution, the president is “Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy,” though Congress has the power to officially declare war. That means the president is the highest-ranking person in the U.S. military.
He can veto or reject any act of Congress
Finally, the president has the power or reject or veto any act of Congress. An act vetoed by the President may still be approved only by a two-thirds majority vote of each house of Congress. This team effort makes sure that full power isn't in the hands of just one person.
So, fear not; President Trump is only in charge of some things and almost nothing entirely.