The president acting alone was authorized only to repel sudden attacks hence the decision to withhold from him only the power to declare war not to make war which was thought to be a necessary emergency power in case of foreign attack. The president meanwhile derives the power to direct the military after a congressional declaration of war from article ii section 2 which names the president commander in chief of the armed forces. Explaining presidential war powers image president trump after making a statement on the missile strikes in syria at his mar a lago resort in florida on thursday. The war powers resolution also known as the war powers resolution of 1973 or the war powers act 50 usc 1541 1548 is a federal law intended to check the presidents power to commit the united states to an armed conflict without the consent of the us congress. President george w bush characterizes the attacks on the world trade center and the pentagon as acts of war what legal and constitutional powers does the president have to declare war or
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