Speaking on a regular segment he partakes in on the network, Fox News’ Andrew Napolitano said this week that he believes President Donald Trump had violated the American principle of the separation of powers between his office and Congress.
The way the president acted last week, on at least three occasions, was “dangerous” because it amounted to too much “accumulation of power in the presidency,” the analyst said on his “Judge Napolitano’s Chambers” segment.
Napolitano listed three examples in the last week of the president doing so.
First, Trump instructed his acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan to divert money from military defense (specifically, a missile defense project) in order to help fund his proposed wall between the U.S.-Mexico border — even though Congress blatantly told the president not to do that.
“He asked Congress for the money, and the Congress said no, and he took the money anyway. That violates the separation of powers,” Napolitano said.
Two other occasions also were in violation of that principle: Trump further ordered Shanahan to send troops to the U.S. southern border, and his hiking of trade tariffs against China, the Fox News analyst said, effectively taxed Americans without Congress’ consent.
Those tariffs, which increased to $200 billion on imported Chinese goods, according to the New York Times, were “a national federal sales tax imposed by the president and not by Congress,” Napolitano argued.
“We need to be careful about too much power in the hands of too few,” including the president, Napolitano concluded.
The full segment can be viewed below:
The Fox News analyst has taken a critical tone against the president in recent weeks. Earlier this month, Napolitano suggested that Trump’s behavior was grounds for impeachment, and defended Democrats for their continued investigations of the president in the wake of the Mueller investigation ending earlier this year.
In response to his criticisms, Trump levied several accusations at Napolitano, stating that the analyst was simply sour because he had requested a Supreme Court appointment from the president and was refused, and that he had asked for a pardon for a friend.
….Ever since Andrew came to my office to ask that I appoint him to the U.S. Supreme Court, and I said NO, he has been very hostile! Also asked for pardon for his friend. A good “pal” of low ratings Shepard Smith.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 28, 2019
Napolitano has denied those allegations
Trump has also called for his firing from the Fox News network, per previous reporting from HillReporter.com.