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Trump says Russia bill is unconstitutional

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1 minute ago, catchit said:

Laughable. The man thinks he was elected king. 

Might want to check on that.  Foreign policy is developed by the POTUS

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The U.S. Constitution gives much of the foreign policy decision-making to the presidency, but the Senate has a role in ratifying treaties, and the Supreme Court interprets treaties when cases are presented to it.

Knowledge is power.

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President Bush used signing statements to register his protests, but always (AFAIK) adhered to the statute.  President Trump .... who knows?  It may or may not be a good idea for Congress to get this involved, but it's a very strong vote of no confidence on things Russian. 

 

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15 minutes ago, Riverboat33 said:

Might want to check on that.  Foreign policy is developed by the POTUS

Yeah. That's the line he's pushing. You're on message. 

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Just now, catchit said:

Yeah. That's the line he's pushing. You're on message. 

It's pretty easy to read the Constitution.

But please continue with your glib remarks.

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You have some of the facts straight...

Foreign relations powers are not the sole purview of the executive.  Specifically, regulation of foreign commerce is given to congress.  

This is not a cut and dry concern...very contentious...has been forever...

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13 minutes ago, Riverboat33 said:

It's pretty easy to read the Constitution.

But please continue with your glib remarks.

You have some of the facts straight...

Foreign relations powers are not the sole purview of the executive.  Specifically, regulation of foreign commerce is given to congress.  

This is not a cut and dry concern...very contentious...has been forever...

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Yup.  This kind of struggle goes back to Washington and Jefferson.  That said, Congress usually defers to the Executive when the President is of the majority party.  Here we have a repudiation of the President's judgment by the large majority of his own party.  

The Forum hasn't been kind to Republicans who didn't support the repeal of Obamacare.  I'm curious as to the take of the Forum's Republicans on whether the Republicans who voted to constrain the President are still legitimately Republican, or whether they should be damned as RINOs and excluded from the Trump MAGA party, as J was speculating.

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