In an exclusive and wide-ranging“ interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, President Barack Obama locked down on his promise to wield the powers of the presidency with greater force if Congress refused to act on the agenda he laid out in his recent State of the Union Address.
Obama also dismissed Sen. Ted Cruz’s denouncement of his “imperial presidency,” saying that he’s “not particularly worried” about the GOP attempt to curb his executive powers via the Stop Act.
Calling Congress “divided” and pointing out the efforts of the House Republicans to oppose his agenda in particular, Obama said that he would be willing to act unilaterally to pass certain initiatives, should Congress oppose: “In that kind of environment, what I don’t want is the American people to think that the only way for us to make big change is through legislation,” he said. “We’ve all got to work together to continue to provide opportunity for the next generation.
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