The Presidency 12

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14.          The President was to have five main responsibilities, as set out in Article 2, Section 2, and Section 3:

  • defend the land as commander in chief – when a war is declared by an enemy or by Congress;
  • make treaties, appoint ambassadors, and serve as the nation’s representative when dealing with foreign governments;
  • faithfully execute the laws of the land;
  • appoint Supreme Court justices and other high officials; and
  • participate in law-making.

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