Obama Says He Will Treat Most Recent Law He Signed as ‘Advisory’

On Friday, Barack Obama signed into law S2195, legislation introduced by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), which would prevent diplomats to the United Nations who have “been found to have been engaged in espionage activities or a terrorist activity.” During the signing of the law, Obama said he would treat the law only as “advisory.”

“Acts of espionage and terrorism against the United States and our allies are unquestionably problems of the utmost gravity, and I share the Congress’s concern that individuals who have engaged in such activity may use the cover of diplomacy to gain access to our nation,” Obama said.

“Nevertheless, as President [George H.W.] Bush also observed, ‘curtailing by statute my constitutional discretion to receive or reject ambassadors is neither a permissible nor a practical solution,'” he continued. “I shall, therefore, continue to treat section 407, as originally enacted and as amended by S. 2195, as advisory in circumstances in which it would interfere with the exercise of this discretion.”

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