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Thu Dec 6, 2018, 07:58 AM

Congress looks to usurp Trump's foreign policy powers

Source: Politico



Senators are furious after the Khashoggi killing and are eager to challenge the president.

By NAHAL TOOSI and MARIANNE LEVINE 12/05/2018 06:41 PM EST Updated 12/05/2018 08:44 PM EST

The Senate is on the verge of an extraordinary rebuke of Donald Trumpís foreign policy, underscoring a bipartisan willingness to encroach on the presidentís powers as commander in chief.

From forcing Trump to impose sanctions on Russia to raising questions about his nuclear trigger finger, lawmakers are repeatedly asserting themselves in an area long dominated by the executive branch.

And now the fury is so great on Capitol Hill over the Saudi murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi ó and the Trump administrationís tepid response ó that senators are deliberating over whether to pull U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen.

That senators have allowed the debate to even reach this stage is itself a reproach to Trump, who has downplayed evidence implicating the powerful Saudi crown prince suspected of masterminding the killing.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/12/05/congress-trump-foreign-policy-jamal-khashoggi-yemen-1046064

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 08:13 AM

1. I will believe it when I see it.

Does Congress have enough votes to override a veto even if a Bill is passed?

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 08:16 AM

2. WHAT? 'Usurp' Do their job "asserting" doing their job

'encroach' = balance
'have allowed the debate' = consider the task of doing their job

Who wrote this?
They need a vocab/diction lesson.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 08:18 AM

3. They are prescribing the wrong cure for the disease

A president (in his right mind, anyway) needs to be able to handle our foreign policy to a large degree. It's not a 100 person body that meets with foreign leaders at summit meetings, it's the president.

We don't have the wrong policy, we have the wrong president. Congress doesn't have to make a change in the functions of the legislative and executive branches, which would come dangerously close to altering the separation of powers as laid out in the Constitution. Congress DOES have the power to alter the identity of the president: impeachment, trial and removal from office.

If they are not willing, as the legislative branch is empowered to do, to remove an incompetent president from office (and, since he is a Republican, they aren't), then at least the Republicans in Congress should shut up. They are blowing hot air out their asses. They say Trump is either misusing (or not using) the foreign policy powers given to him by the Constitution? I agree. But that means we need another president, not another version of the Constitution.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 08:30 AM

4. problem is they can't shut trump up or cut off his tweets, that is where the MOST harm is

generated.

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