With the Senate tally 97 to 1 and the House tally 348 to 77, a bipartisan rejection overrides the 9/11 bill which Obama vetoed. This is the only bill that was overridden in Obama's presidency. The bill allows 9/11 victims' family to sue the Saudi Arabian government. White House argues that this bill will not do any good for the U.S. because it exposes retaliations for the terrorist attack and will potentially harm U.S. citizens overseas. Congress says that even though it may cause some diplomatic discomforts, the bill gives victims a chance to pursue justice. This article is an example of the limitation of the president's power. Although the president has his own concerns, he has to listen to the majority and satisfy what most people think is best.
Last year, the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University sued Donald Trump because he violates citizens' constitutional rights--the first amendment--by blocking some of them on Twitter. "The group argues that Trump's account constitutes a public forum and therefore, blocking US citizens from accessing it is unconstitutional." "The government claims that @realDonaldTrump is actually the president’s “personal” Twitter account, not in any way affiliated with his role as leader of the country". Manhattan federal Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald suggested that Trump could mute the person he finds personally offensive instead of blocking them before it goes too far and thus brings unnecessary laws. This article shows an example of citizens bring issue to the court and declare the president is doing something unconstitutional.
Trump threatened to veto a massive omnibus spending package if it includes money for the Gateway tunnel project in New York City. The plan was proposed by GOP. It is rare for Republican president to go against a bill from his own party. Republicans are frustrated because they spent a lot of effort on the bill. And they called Trump's doing a "double slap" after he just cut state and local taxes. Even though this bill is going to benefit thousands of people traveling between Manhattan and New Jersey, Trump kept trying to trade Gateway funding for border wall funding. This article shows the president's power to veto. Trump, in this case, is sending out the message of negating the funding Congress proposed. Unless both the Senate and the House override, with President given this power, the bill is not going to pass.
Trump paid his visit to China. Xi talked about Chinese people being the "descendants of dragons". Trump showed a clip of his granddaughter singing in Chinese. This event is on Chinese News and in people's conversations. The Chinese government blocks out some sensitive topics for the public. Both countries use the connection between their presidents as a strategy to develop relationships. This article demonstrates the president has the power to recognize foreign countries. Xi received Trump not only as a person but as a country. And because Trump represents America, his visit becomes important.