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The Constitution is clear: the President sets foreign policy.  Congress provides “advice and consent” for the ratification of treaties.  Lawmakers should not undermine the President’s proper authority, but neither should the President cede that authority for temporary political advantage.   The President and Congress score points off each other every day, but if their gamesmanship undermines Washington’s credibility, the national interest will suffer.
   —    Ian Bremmer
From his editorial: “Credit Crunch Congress and Obama weaken the U.S. by playing politics abroad
The editorial appeared in: Time Magazine, 23 March 2015
[Actually, the Constitution says in Article 2, Section 2:
He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur;  …”
The “He” mentioned is the President and the approving body is the Senate and not Congress.  The House of Representatives has no role in the treaty process.  —  KMAB]
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