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Powers of the President
Updated: 9/14/2020
Powers of the President
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  • Chief of State
  • Chief of Executive
  • Chief Diplomat
  • The President is a living symbol of the nation.Some of his responsibilities are awarding medals to the winner of colleges scholarships,congratulating astronauts on their journey,greeting visitors to the White House,and making a patriotic speech on the Fourth of July.
  • Commander in Chief
  • President is the "boss" for millions of government workers in the Executive Branch,decides how the laws of the United States are to be enforced and chooses officials to help run the Executive Branch.Some examples are appointing someone to serve as head of the Central Intelligence Agency,holding a Cabinet meeting to discuss government business,and reading reports about problems of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
  • Legislative Leader
  • The president decides what American diplomats and ambassadors should say to foreign governments. With the help of advisers, the president makes the foreign policy of the United States.Examples of Responsibilities,traveling to London to meet with British leaders,entertaining Japanese diplomats in the White House ,and writing a message or a letter to the leaders of Russia
  • Chief of Party & Guardian of the Economy
  • The president is in charge of the U.S. Armed Forces. The president decides where troops should be stationed, where ships are sent, and how weapons should be used. All military generals and admirals take their orders from the president.Examples of responsibilities are inspecting a Navy yard deciding in wartime, whether to bomb foreign cities and calling out troops to stop a riot at the request of the state’s legislature or governor.
  • Congress has the actual power to make laws, but the Constitution gives the president power to influence Congress in its lawmaking. Presidents may urge Congress to pass new laws or veto bills that they do not favor. Some jobs are Inviting members of Congress to lunch in the White House,signing a bill of Congress ,and making a speech in Congress.
  • In the chief of party role,the president helps members of his or her political party get elected or appointed to office. Their responsibilities are choosing leading party members to serve in the Cabinet ,and traveling to California to speak at a rally for a party nominee to the U.S. Senate
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