“Former Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday blasted President Trump's decision to pardon controversial former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, calling the decision a "misuse" of presidential power.” Holder claims that Trump’s pardoning is overstepping the boundaries of power. The article’s mention of controversy suggests the objection is one of opinion, not of presidential power. Government employees are allowed to call out the president. But I’m not sure if presidents have the power to pardon people. It could fall under the idea of promoting party-related agenda, perhaps.
“In the past 80 years, authority on tariffs has left the legislative branch.” According to the article, the last few presidents have gotten more control over taxes. Most recently, Trump imposed a tariff on steel and aluminum. The article says that Congress has given away this power. Technically leveling tariffs is promoting party-related agenda. Trump did push for boosting jobs and American businesses.
“When Mueller calls, Trump is going to have a choice: Accept the interview or risk curbing his own authority—and that of other presidents in the future.” People are still pressing demands on Trump to open up about his tax returns. Privacy and democracy war against each other, and Trump’s choices will shape of the role of presidency. This limit of the president’s power is democracy in action. The public’s opinion of him matters. They need to trust him to represent them.
“But he also praised China’s president for his hard-fought dictatorship, because Trump loves authoritarians and their power-grabs.” The bias in this article is clear. The author worries about Trump’s approval of Jinping’s unlimited term. This is an example of another limit. A president’s term is four years, and there can only be two terms. It would be difficult to change those limits.