Does the President of the United States of America have arrest powers?
Just wondering? I know this would never happen but if the President is riding in his motorcade, and he sees someone speeding does he have the power pull them over and issue a ticket or arrest that individual?
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
The President is the chief executive of the United States, putting him at the head of the executive branch of the government, whose responsibility is to "take care that the laws be faithfully executed." To carry out this duty, he is given control of the four million employees of the federal executive branch, including one million active duty personnel in the military. Both the legislative and judicial branches maintain checks and balances on the powers of the President and vice versa.
Various executive and judicial branch appointments are made by Presidents. Up to 6,000 appointments may be made by an incoming President before he takes office and 8,000 more may be made while in office. Ambassadors, judges of the federal court system, members of the Cabinet, and other federal officers, are all appointed by the President with the "advice and consent" of the Senate, granted by a simple majority. Appointments made while the Senate is in recess are temporary and expire at the end of the next session of the Senate. He may also grant pardons and reprieves, as is often done just before the end of a presidential term.
In addition, while the President cannot directly introduce legislation, he can play an important role in shaping it, especially if the President's political party has a majority in one or both houses of Congress. While members of the executive branch are prohibited from simultaneously holding seats in Congress, they often write legislation and allow a member of Congress to introduce it for them. The President can further influence the legislative branch through the annual constitutionally-mandated report to Congress, which may be written or oral but in modern times is the State of the Union Address, which often outlines the President's legislative proposals for the coming year. If Congress passes a bill of which the President disapproves, he may veto it; the veto can be overridden only by two-thirds of both houses of Congress, making it substantially more difficult to enact the law.
Perhaps the most important of all presidential powers is command of the armed forces as commander-in-chief. The framers of the Constitution took care to limit the President's powers regarding the military; Alexander Hamilton explains this in Federalist No. 69:
“ The President is to be commander-in-chief of the army and navy of the United States. [...] It would amount to nothing more than the supreme command and direction of the military and naval forces [...] while that [the power] of the British king extends to the DECLARING of war and to the RAISING and REGULATING of fleets and armies, all [of] which [...] would appertain to the legislature. ”
While the power to declare war is constitutionally vested in Congress, the President commands and directs the military and is responsible for planning military strategy. The Congress, pursuant to the War Powers Resolution, must authorize any troop deployments more than 60 days in length. Congress, providing a check to presidential power, also governs military spending and regulations. Along with the armed forces, foreign policy is also directed by the President, including the ability to negotiate treaties, which are ratified with the consent by two-thirds of the Senate.
Since Franklin D. Roosevelt's Fireside chats, the President has given a weekly Presidential radio address usually every Saturday.
NO the President does not have arrest powers!
- tummybulgeLv 61 decade ago
The President of the United States is the head of the Executive branch of the US Government , which makes him the chief law enforcement officer in he country. It is not in his job description to enforce local , county, city , or state laws . His responsibility is enforcement of Federal laws , which is delegated to the various agencies of the federal government such as the FBI , DEA, etc.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
The President has no more "police power", as you ask about, than any other American citizen (which does not extend to speeding offenses).
- CroakerLv 61 decade ago
yes. but maybe unconstitutional.
Lincoln was the first to do it.
He raided all the telegraph offices at the outbreak fo the civil war...collected up records and had people thrown in jail without trial....in other words he suspended Habeaus Corpus.
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- Happy DaysLv 51 decade ago
I sure hope not, we pay police officer for that, our President has more important things to do.