In his new book, “Defender in Chief: Donald Trump’s Fight for Presidential Power,” author and constitutional scholar John Yoo makes the case that despite popular belief, President Trump has been a protector of constitutional law, not an offender.
Yoo joins Ben Domenech on this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour to discuss how Trump’s executive actions compare to President Barack Obama’s, the consequences of Trump’s foreign policy, and whether Trump understands the limits of his presidential power. Yoo is a Hoover visiting fellow and Berkeley Law School professor.
“We are used to thinking of presidential power as presidents fighting with Congress…actually the really important fight is the president against the independent bureaucracies below him,” Yoo said. “The founders would have said, ‘What is going on?’…this bureaucracy is slowing down, diluting, sapping the presidency of its energy.”
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