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The President

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First Lady of the United StatesMelania K. Trump


The U.S. Constitution vests the President with the executive power of the Federal Government. It stipulates that the President will hold his (or her) office for a term of 4 years and will serve the duration of this term together with the Vice President (ART. II, Sec. 1).



The second article of the Constitution addresses the "executive Power" and "Office" of the President.


In addition to the powers set forth in the U.S. Constitution, the statutes have conferred specific authority and responsibility covering a range of matters upon the President. Subject matter affecting the President is codified in 3 U.S.C. Title 3 contains four chapters that currently remain in effect: "Presidential Elections and Vacancies"; "Office and Compensation of President"; "Delegation of Functions"; and "Extension of Certain Rights and Protections to Presidential Offices."



The President serves as the administrative head of the Government's executive branch, which includes over 55 permanent independent agencies and Government corporations, as well as the 15 executive departments.

The President is the Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy (and Air Force). The President also has the power, by the advice and with the consent of the Senate, to make treaties and to appoint the Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Ambassadors, and other consuls, officers, and public ministers (ART. II, Sec. 2).


The Cabinet comprises the Vice President and the heads of the 15 executive departments. These department heads include the Secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Labor, State, Transportation, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs, plus the Attorney General.


The Cabinet, which is a creation of custom and tradition and which dates back to the administration of President George Washington, functions at the pleasure of the President. Cabinet members advise the President on topics that relate to the duties of their respective appointments. In the language of the Constitution: The President "may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices" (ibid.).


Sources of Information

Compilation of Presidential Documents (CPD)

This collection of Presidential documents comprises the official publications of materials that the White House Press Secretary has released. The Office of the Federal Register publishes the CPD, and the Government Publishing Office maintains the collection on its govinfo web site.


Contact the President

The "Write or Call the White House" web page has instructions and contact information for calling and writing the President.


Farewell Addresses

The Our Documents initiative is a cooperative effort in which the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) participates. As part of the initiative, NARA has selected 100 milestone documents from American history. Among those select documents are two Presidential farewell addresses, one of which was given by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1961.


President George Washington's farewell address to the people of the United States—which he did not publicly deliver, but which was published first on September 19, 1796, in the "Philadelphia Daily American Advertiser"—is among the 100 milestone American documents that the National Archives and Records Administration has compiled. Since 1893, the Senate has observed the first President's birthday by having one of its Members read his farewell address aloud.


First Ladies Present and Past

To learn more about the current First Lady and the women who carried the title in the past, visit the "First Ladies" web page.


Libraries / Museums

The National Archives and Records Administration oversees Presidential libraries and museums, which are repositories for Presidential papers, records, and historical materials.


Policy and Supporting Positions

Published after each Presidential election, by either the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs or the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, the "Plum Book" lists thousands of Federal civil service leadership and support positions that may be subject to noncompetitive appointment, nationwide.


Presidential Actions

President Trump's announcements, Executive orders, memorandums, and proclamations are posted online.


Presidents Present and Past

To learn more about the current President and the men who occupied the Oval Office in the past, visit the "Presidents" web page.



President Trump's remarks are posted online.


Social Media

President Donald Trump tweets announcements and other newsworthy items on Twitter.


First Lady Melania Trump tweets announcements and other newsworthy items on Twitter.


Members of the President's cabinet tweet announcements and other newsworthy items on Twitter.


Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary

The Heritage Education Services of the National Park Service (NPS), in partnership with the NPS Office of Tourism, White House Historical Association, and National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers, produced the American Presidents "Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary." The travel itinerary helps visitors explore the lives and contributions of 43 American Presidents. It includes places that American Presidents knew during their lifetimes and that now honor their public service.



To experience the history and art of the White House in person, submit a tour request.


White House Grounds

The White House and the grounds that surround it are the home of the President and First Family and serve as a museum of American history.


The Sources of Information were updated 4–2020.