The Independent reports:
Donald Trump is threatening to use a never-before-employed power of his office to adjourn both chambers of Congress so he can make “recess appointments” to fill vacant positions within his administration he says Senate Democrats are keeping empty amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Mr Trump opened his daily virus press conference on Wednesday by griping about Senate Democrats blocking tens of his nominees, alleging many otherwise would be working on virus-related efforts. He offered few specifics, however, on how the federal virus response might be different if a substantial amount of those individuals had been approved by the upper chamber.
Article II, Section 3, Clause 3 of the US Constitution gives a president the power to adjourn both chambers if they cannot agree on an adjourn date. No chief executive, however, has ever used it.
BREAKING: President Trump says he may “exercise [his] constitutional authority to adjourn both chambers of Congress” so he can make recess appointments pic.twitter.com/mKlWmMuTlA
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) April 15, 2020
Trump said during his press conference that he’s gotten 448 federal judges confirmed. This is a lie. The Senate has confirmed 193 lifetime federal judges nominated by this president.
His judges are mostly white, mostly male, and pose a huge threat to civil and human rights.
— The Leadership Conference (@civilrightsorg) April 15, 2020
When did Trump stop dyeing his hair? Or did he switch to grey dye? pic.twitter.com/lkIgtS3xFo
— JoeMyGod (@JoeMyGod) April 15, 2020
trump’s hair color yesterday vs trump’s hair right now. pic.twitter.com/6YhIaorjqU
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) April 15, 2020