Footage of that segment started garnering attention on Monday morning. In nearly three years in office, President Donald Trump has spent federal dollars not authorized by Congress; separated families and incarcerated children at the Texas-Mexico border in defiance of a federal court order; pulled 1, American troops out of Syria ignoring a commitment to allies and facilitated war against civilians there; and sent 2, American troops to Saudi Arabia without a congressional authorization or declaration of war.
The Constitution! The libertarian-tinged former judge also gave a history lesson, with a heavy-handed suggestion that the president violated his oath of office:. White House Budget Director and acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney initially made the announcement in mid-October but the administration quickly backtracked after an unmitigated uproar from the press.
And—at the worst—a threat to ignore other clauses that he can disparage. And it raises the question: Can the president of the United States lawfully enforce only the clauses of the Constitution with which he agrees and ignores those with which he disagrees?
President Trump has become known for forceful and often tasteless banter. He publicly calls people crude names, uses foul language, and send sends dog whistles of lawless behavior to many of his supporters.
All of that is a question of free speech, personal taste and political risk. But threats to ignore parts of the Constitution are not matters of speech, taste or risk.
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