Trump Threatens to Use Constitutional Authority to Adjourn Congress Over Stalled Nominations

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President Trump threatened Wednesday to use his “constitutional authority” to force both chambers of Congress to adjourn to allow him to appoint nominees that are vacant in his administration without confirmation by the Senate.

“The Senate should either fulfill its duty and vote on my nominees or it should formally adjourn so I can make recess appointments,” Trump said at his coronavirus briefing in the Rose Garden. “We have a tremendous number of people that have to come into government. And now more so than ever before because of the virus and the problem.”

Both the House and the Senate are not expected to return until May 4, but the Upper Chamber has been conducting pro forma sessions, preventing the president from making recess appointments.