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February 26, 2017

Saikrishna Prakash

Article II of the Constitution lays out the powers of the president. Although he can’t unilaterally declare war, he can send troops into some kinds of military action. The president sets foreign policy but is specifically prohibited from signing treaties with foreign countries without approval from Congress. But presidents have often challenged the limitations of their power. And some executive orders have changed our history in dramatic ways, such as the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 or Harry Truman’s executive order abolishing racial discrimination in the military.  In this episode of American Forum, we ask an eminent Constitutional scholar, Saikrishna Prakash of the UVA School of Law, a Miller Center senior fellow, about the limits of President Trump’s powers. Can he wipe out the Affordable Care Act, build a wall on the Mexican border, or deny entry to the U.S. for thousands of refugees all by himself? How do bold moves in the first weeks of the new Trump administration compare to the approaches of past presidents? 

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