President Trump apparently isn’t a huge fan of the U.S. Constitution’s systems of checks and balances on executive power, according to a recent interview.
In a Friday interview with Fox News, Trump candidly said he wished the system of American government would be different so he, as president, could do more without having to worry about being countered by Congress or the courts.
“It’s an archaic system,” Trump said. “You look at the rules of the Senate, even the rules of the House, but you look at the rules of the Senate and some of the things you have to go through, it’s really a bad thing for the country, in my opinion. They’re archaic rules.”
“Maybe at some point we’re going to have to take those rules on, because for the good of the nation, things re gonna have to be different,” he added.
Trump learned early on in his presidency about the system of checks and balances, with federal judges overruling both of the Muslim immigration bans his administration imposed via executive order, and more recently, the White House and the Department of Justice’s attempt to withhold federal funding from “sanctuary cities,” as well as the Trump/FCC proposal to undermine net neutrality.
President Trump was also hamstrung by Congress in his short-lived pursuit of the initial repeal-and-replace bill aimed at scrapping the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) with his own version that was loathed by both Democrats and Republicans.
Watch the video of Trump’s remarks below, courtesy of The Independent:
Jamie Green is a contributor for the Resistance Report covering the Trump administration, and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.