What are some powers given to the president in Article II of the Constitution?
The main power given to the president in this article is the power to execute the laws that are made by Congress.
The president has many other powers in addition to this general executive power. Among them are:
- Commander in chief of the armed forces of the United States. (And of the state forces when they are called up to national service.)
- Power to pardon.
- Power to make treaties.
- Power to appoint ambassadors.
- Power to appoint judges. (These last three are all dependent on the advise and consent of the Senate.)
Please note that one of the president's major powers is in Article I. That is the power to veto legislation that Congress passes.