(ConservativeHub.com) – From the moment a president swears an oath of allegiance to the US Constitution until the time the next president repeats the cycle, that person holds an incredible amount of power in their hands. The founding fathers never designed the presidency to be the most powerful of the three branches of government. They are equal. Yet, the presidency holds prestige and the unique ability to serve the people in a way the other branches can’t.
Throughout President Trump’s term, the US Constitution granted formal powers to him. Over time, however, the presidency acquired informal powers as well. Congress gave some, and others were developed through the experiences of past presidents.
President Trump has six special powers at his disposal right now.
Negotiation with Foreign Powers
While the president has the authority to negotiate a treaty until the end of a term, it’s rarely politically advantageous. Right now, the most influence Trump has is to be a moderator between nations. For example, over the last number of months, the president brokered peace deals between Israel and several Arab nations.
The administration signaled more deals could be on the way, demonstrating his broad latitude and influence to work with nations to secure world peace.
Commander in Chief
The president is the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, overseeing approximately 1.3 million active-duty personnel and a $670 billion base military budget. At any moment, the president decides where military members and equipment are deployed and what weapons are used in the event of a strategic need.
President Trump is the only person who can access the secret codes to launch a nuclear weapon. Without his input, a weapon cannot be fired. The US military has approximately 5,800 nuclear warheads deployable by air, ground, ship, and submarine.
President Trump has veto power to strike down bills he disagrees with between now and inauguration day. With numerous options when it comes to legislation, he could sign a bill into law, not sign one and allow it to become law without his signature, or veto it.
Several large bills are coming the president’s way before the end of the year. One is a massive defense bill the president is considering vetoing. As of December 18, no decision was made. A massive omnibus budget bill and a COVID-19 relief bill are also expected.
Up until the last second of his tenure, Trump has the power to pardon anyone convicted of a federal crime. The distinction is important because the president cannot pardon anyone convicted of a state felony crime.
Of all the informal powers a president has, executive orders are the most powerful and versatile. President Trump has used them to provide short-term supplemental unemployment benefits, lower the cost of prescription drugs, and protect national forests.
The downside to executive orders is they are not permanent. Another president can keep, revise, or rescind any executive order.
While there are more presidential powers than these, President Trump is most likely to use these six during the final days of his first term in the White House.
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