New Brunswick, N.J. (Nov. 2, 2020) – John J. Farmer, Jr., director of Rutgers University-New Brunswick’s Eagleton Institute of Politics, is available to comment on how the presidential election will affect the use of presidential executive power, whether under a continued Trump presidency or a Biden presidency.

“President Trump, like Bush and Obama, has acted unilaterally from a school of thought that the president has inherent executive authority – although, unlike his two predecessors, he has done so to advance a more personal agenda as in Ukraine. But if he is reelected we may see the Senate more willing to exercise oversight, even if the Republicans retain control of the senate, due to his status as a second-term president,” Farmer said.

“If Biden is elected then, given his history in the Senate, we may see more of an attempt to work more collaboratively with Congress, at least initially. There will always be tension between the president and Congress, but his legislative background may enable him to work with Congress to a greater extent than Bush, Obama or Trump.”

Farmer discusses the topic further in “What Happens Next Election Edition: Presidential Executive Power,” part of a series of interviews with Rutgers faculty on how the election may affect matters of national interest.


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