President of the United States

  • president of the
    united states of america
    seal of the president of the united states.svg
    presidential seal
    flag of the president of the united states.svg
    presidential flag
    donald trump official portrait (cropped).jpg
    incumbent
    donald trump

    since january 20, 2017
    executive branch of the u.s. government
    executive office of the president
    stylemr. president[1][2]
    (informal)
    the honorable[3]
    (formal)
    his excellency[4][5][6]
    (diplomatic)
    statushead of state
    head of government
    abbreviationpotus
    member ofcabinet
    domestic policy council
    national economic council
    national security council
    residencewhite house
    seatwashington, d.c.
    nominatorpolitical parties or self-nomination
    appointerelectoral college
    term lengthfour years, renewable once
    constituting instrumentconstitution of the united states
    formationmarch 4, 1789
    (231 years ago)
     (1789-03-04)[7][8]
    first holdergeorge washington[9]
    salary$400,000 annually
    websitewww.whitehouse.gov

    the president of the united states (potus)[a] is the head of state and head of government of the united states of america. the president directs the executive branch of the federal government and is the commander-in-chief of the united states armed forces.

    in contemporary times, the president is looked upon as one of the world's most powerful political figures as the leader of the only remaining global superpower.[11][12][13][14] the role includes responsibility for the world's most expensive military, which has the second largest nuclear arsenal. the president also leads the nation with the largest economy by nominal gdp. the president possesses significant domestic and international hard and soft power.

    article ii of the constitution establishes the executive branch of the federal government. it vests the executive power of the united states in the president. the power includes the execution and enforcement of federal law, alongside the responsibility of appointing federal executive, diplomatic, regulatory and judicial officers, and concluding treaties with foreign powers with the advice and consent of the senate. the president is further empowered to grant federal pardons and reprieves, and to convene and adjourn either or both houses of congress under extraordinary circumstances.[15] the president directs the foreign and domestic policies of the united states, and takes an active role in promoting his or her policy priorities to members of congress.[16] in addition, as part of the system of checks and balances,  7 of the constitution gives the president the power to sign or veto federal legislation. the power of the presidency has grown substantially since its formation, as has the power of the federal government as a whole.[17]

    through the electoral college, registered voters indirectly elect the president and vice president to a four-year term. this is the only federal election in the united states which is not decided by popular vote.[18] nine vice presidents became president by virtue of a president's intra-term death or resignation.[b]

    article ii, section 1, clause 5 sets three qualifications for holding the presidency: natural-born u.s. citizenship; at least thirty-five years of age; and residency in the united states for at least fourteen years. the twenty-second amendment states that no person who has been elected to two presidential terms may be elected to a third. in all, 44 individuals have served 45 presidencies spanning 57 full four-year terms.[18] grover cleveland served two non-consecutive terms, so he is counted twice, as both the 22nd and 24th president.[19]

    donald trump is the 45th and current president of the united states. he assumed office on january 20, 2017.

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President of the
United States of America
Seal of the President of the United States.svg
Flag of the President of the United States.svg
Donald Trump official portrait (cropped).jpg
Incumbent
Donald Trump

since January 20, 2017
Executive branch of the U.S. Government
Executive Office of the President
StyleMr. President[1][2]
(informal)
The Honorable[3]
(formal)
His Excellency[4][5][6]
(diplomatic)
StatusHead of State
Head of Government
AbbreviationPOTUS
Member ofCabinet
Domestic Policy Council
National Economic Council
National Security Council
ResidenceWhite House
SeatWashington, D.C.
NominatorPolitical parties or self-nomination
AppointerElectoral College
Term lengthFour years, renewable once
Constituting instrumentConstitution of the United States
FormationMarch 4, 1789
(231 years ago)
 (1789-03-04)[7][8]
First holderGeorge Washington[9]
Salary$400,000 annually
Websitewww.whitehouse.gov

The president of the United States (POTUS)[A] is the head of state and head of government of the United States of America. The president directs the executive branch of the federal government and is the commander-in-chief of the United States Armed Forces.

In contemporary times, the president is looked upon as one of the world's most powerful political figures as the leader of the only remaining global superpower.[11][12][13][14] The role includes responsibility for the world's most expensive military, which has the second largest nuclear arsenal. The president also leads the nation with the largest economy by nominal GDP. The president possesses significant domestic and international hard and soft power.

Article II of the Constitution establishes the executive branch of the federal government. It vests the executive power of the United States in the president. The power includes the execution and enforcement of federal law, alongside the responsibility of appointing federal executive, diplomatic, regulatory and judicial officers, and concluding treaties with foreign powers with the advice and consent of the Senate. The president is further empowered to grant federal pardons and reprieves, and to convene and adjourn either or both houses of Congress under extraordinary circumstances.[15] The president directs the foreign and domestic policies of the United States, and takes an active role in promoting his or her policy priorities to members of Congress.[16] In addition, as part of the system of checks and balances,  7 of the Constitution gives the president the power to sign or veto federal legislation. The power of the presidency has grown substantially since its formation, as has the power of the federal government as a whole.[17]

Through the Electoral College, registered voters indirectly elect the president and vice president to a four-year term. This is the only federal election in the United States which is not decided by popular vote.[18] Nine vice presidents became president by virtue of a president's intra-term death or resignation.[B]

Article II, Section 1, Clause 5 sets three qualifications for holding the presidency: natural-born U.S. citizenship; at least thirty-five years of age; and residency in the United States for at least fourteen years. The Twenty-second Amendment states that no person who has been elected to two presidential terms may be elected to a third. In all, 44 individuals have served 45 presidencies spanning 57 full four-year terms.[18] Grover Cleveland served two non-consecutive terms, so he is counted twice, as both the 22nd and 24th president.[19]

Donald Trump is the 45th and current president of the United States. He assumed office on January 20, 2017.