How has the president's power as the chief executive grown?

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The powers of the President have grown much over the years. The Constitution originally gave the president powers in several areas. It appointed him Commander in Chief of the military. The founders wanted a civilian military leader, so as to check the power of the military. The Constitution also gave the President several diplomatic powers: the power to make treaties (with the advice and consent of the Senate), ceremonial duties of representing the United States at home and abroad, and the power of recognizing new and existing countries by receiving their ambassadors. The President was given wide powers to appoint various positions in the government. S/he can appoint: "ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, Judges of the Supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States." (Constitution, Article II, Section 2).

Over the years, via practical exercise of powers not specifically given to him, the powers of the president have grown. Expansion of presidential powers began...

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