Trump Threatens to Adjourn Congress so That He Can Make Recess Appointments

The outbreak of the coronavirus has led lawmakers to look for ways to stay safe.

Recently, Congress extended its recess until at least May 4, meaning that lawmakers will not be in Washington, D.C. for confirmation hearings, votes, or oversight hearings.

During a press conference on Wednesday, President Donald Trump lashed out at lawmakers for holding Pro Forma sessions, which means that Trump cannot make recess appointments. 

“The Constitution provides a mechanism for the president to fill positions in such circumstances — the recess appointment it’s called,” Trump said. “The Senate’s practice of gaveling into so-called Pro Forma sessions where no one is even there has prevented me from using the Constitutional authority that we’re given under the recession provisions.”

“The Senate should either fulfill its duty and vote on my nominees, or it should formally adjourn so that I can make recess appointments,” he added.

To try to start filling positions, Trump threatened to use his presidential authority to adjourn Congress so he can make recess appointments. 

“If the House will not agree to that adjournment, I will exercise my Constitutional authority to adjourn both chambers Congress. The current practice of leaving town while conducting phony Pro Forma sessions is a dereliction of duty that the American people cannot afford during this crisis. It is a scam what they do.”

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Jonah Goldberg of The Dispatch noted that the Constitution does technically give the president the authority to adjourn Congress. In a series of tweets, he laid out — according to scholars — how such a maneuver would work legally.

Later in the press conference, Trump said the backlog of nominees is “embarrassing.” 

He admitted that such a move would likely be the first time a president has exercised that authority. 


  1. King Donald The Loser is the most dangerous president in our lifetime, probably ever. This is just one example of why he is dangerous.

    What is even more dangerous are all of the excuses that will be given by Cult-45 to justify him trying to skirt around accountability that should be applied to ANY appointee.

    1. President Trump is the best POTUS since Lincoln, so crawl back to your safe dark corner and eat crow libtard. Your precious Obama era is over.

      1. You are confused, Don.

        I am NOT an Obama fan. Not in the least. Was he better than King Donald The Loser? Of course! It would be difficult to find a worse president. Possible, yes, but difficult.

    2. “I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone – and I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward.” – President Barack Obama

      BTW………….. recess appointments are a Constitutionally given right to the president.

      1. You are confused, Stan.

        The problem isn’t that he CAN, do them. The problem is WHY His Majesty feels that he feels he must do them when people are distracted by an emergency.

        1. Sorry, Bear. I mistakenly referenced someone else.

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