In a display of chutzpah that could only originate at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., President Barack Obama cautioned President-elect Donald Trump about overusing executive orders.
In an interview with NPR’s Steve Inskeep that aired Monday, Obama warned Trump about relying too heavily on executive orders, saying it’s “better” to go through Congress. The president insisted that his “strong preference has always been to legislate when I can get legislation done.”
“And even after we lost the majorities in Congress,” Obama said, “I bent over backwards consistently to try to find compromise and a legislative solution to some of the big problems that we’ve got.”
He pointed to immigration reform as an example of where he “held off for years in taking some of the executive actions that I ultimately took in pursuit of a bipartisan solution.”
“At the end of the day, John Boehner and the House Republicans couldn’t pull the trigger on getting it done,” Obama said. “And it was only then, after we had exhausted efforts for bipartisan reform that we took some additional steps on immigration executive actions.”
As for those steps, Obama didn’t sound too confident about how they will hold up under a Trump administration when he offered this advice to his successor.
“So my suggestion to the president-elect is, you know, going through the legislative process is always better, in part because it’s harder to undo,” Obama said.
When presented with the possibility that he may have used his power in ways that “might be beyond your authority,” Obama was clear that does not think that he did.
The full interview with President Obama can be seen below:
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