President Obama has some advice for President-elect Donald Trump: Do as I say, not as I do.
The outgoing president, in an interview with NPR, urged his successor to pursue policy changes through Congress and not via executive order.
“Going through the legislative process is always better in part because it’s harder to undo,” Obama said.
The pen-happy president may be learning the hard way, after he accelerated his use of executive actions in his second term. Frustrated by Republican opposition in Congress, Obama in 2014 had openly shifted tactics to rely on executive and administrative actions to pursue his agenda.
“I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone,” he declared at the time.
While some of his subsequent directives were uncontroversial, others were sweeping and met immediately with legal challenges. Some of the most ambitious executive actions were meant to shield millions of illegal immigrants from deportation; however, the Supreme Court effectively blocked those 2014 changes this past June
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