In a 15-page signing statement issued Monday night, President Trump revealed that he intends to ignore many of the myriad provisions of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the $716 billion military spending bill.
The signing statement singles out several provisions which Trump argues would restrict his control in ways he believes are needed for "military missions," and inconsistent with his "constitutional authority as Commander in Chief."
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I have always felt that "signing statements" are BS. They ignore this requirement of the US Constitution:
Article II, Section 3
... [the President] shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed ...
The President's "constitutional authority" as C-in-C does not include the authority to issue illegal orders, and the persons who serve under him are under no obligation to follow any illegal orders.
By the way, the word "faithfully" appears only twice in our constitution, and both instances apply to the President. Few if any of them have taken this term seriously. If it means anything, it means "do what Congress intended", because his authority stems from the will of We the People and the several States.