Foreign Policy and Limitations of Presidential Power


The President and Foreign Policy 

  • Congress has some control over foreign policy, reducing the budget for Iraq late in Bush's second term 
  • However ultimately it is the presidents decision, Bush invading Iraq without congressional approval in 2003 and Obama air strikes on Lybia 
  • The Supreme court can rule some foreign policy decisions unconstitutional, Trump travel ban in 2016
  • However usually its up to the president, Obama opting into the Paris climate change agreement 
  • The war powers act of 1970 gives congress some oversight on how presidents run wars 
  • However historically this hasnt really worked, military involvement in Lybia and Syria not approved by congress 
  • Congress


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