What are some powers given by the Constitution to the President?

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The powers given to the President of the United States are mainly listed in Article II of the Constitution, though one of the major presidential powers, the power to veto, is in Article I.  Besides the veto, the president has the power to act as commander-in-chief of the military.  The president has the power to make treaties and to appoint ambassadors, judges, and the heads of governmental departments with the advice and consent of the Senate.  The president also has the power to pardon.  Finally, the president has the power to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.”  In other words, the president has the executive power in the US government.