September 15, 2017

University President John Garvey’s monthly Catholic News Service column on “The prerogative power belongs to kings, not presidents” was published.

Before hurricanes took over the news cycle, two other stories absorbed the country’s attention — President Donald Trump’s chest-thumping exchange with Kim Jong-un, and his decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). In an odd way, these issues are alike.

Let us begin with the potential nuclear conflict. Asked by a reporter during a trip to church whether he would attack North Korea, the president replied, “We’ll see.” As though he just hadn’t made up his mind yet.

Mr. Trump is not the first president to act as though he has the power to start a war. But he doesn’t. Article I of the Constitution says, “The Congress shall have power … to declare war.”

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