United States Government: President

The President of the country is looked upon as the Head of the executive branch, and the government and therefore the country too. There is no doubt that the president has significant power that can be used to run the country. However, there are various constitutional checks and balances that have been placed in order to ensure that there is no misuse of the power that is bestowed on the head of the state.

Some of the Constitutional powers that have been assigned to the president include the responsibility of being the Commander-in-Chief for the armed forces, making treaties with at least two thirds consent of  the Senate, meeting and receiving various foreign dignitaries, recommending legislation to the Congress, convene the Congress during extraordinary circumstances, fill in administrative vacancies during the congressional sessions and grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States. The powers of the president therefore can be divided into three categories. These include those that the president needs to carry out as the Head of the State and administrative and legislative powers. 

As the Head of the State, the President holds meetings with various leaders of other countries in order to make treaties. At the same time a treaty is made official only after the senate approves it. The final decision to send troops overseas for combat is made by the President, but here again a decision like this requires the explicit approval of the Congress.


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