Special Powers

A bunch. For example the President:

  • Can’t have his/her salary increase/decrease while in office
  • Can’t receive additional compensation from the federal government or from individual states
  • Is the Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Army/Navy (and of state militias)
  • Can pardon federal crimes (except for impeachment)
  • Can make treaties with other countries (if ⅔ of the Senate agrees)
  • Nominates ambassadors, ministers, consuls, judges, and other officers
  • Needs confirmation from the Senate for most appointees, but not all
  • Can appoint officers who need confirmation short-term while the Senate is not in session
  • Can be impeached/removed for treason, bribery, high crimes and misdemeanors
  • Receives ambassadors and other public ministers from countries
  • Delivers a State of the Union occasionally (but no rules on how often/long it should be)
  • Can adjourn/convene either, or both, bodies of Congress (House and/or Senate)

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