When asked by reporters earlier this week about oversight of the lending, Trump replied, “I’ll be the oversight.”

Trump is by no means the first US president to employ signing statements to ignore bits of laws he dislikes. George W. Bush used them frequently—earning the condemnation of then-senator Barack Obama, the constitutional law professor. But Obama, as president, used them too.

Last year Trump temporarily blocked the intelligence community’s inspector general from telling Congress about the whistleblower complaint over his dealings with Ukraine. Once Congress found out, that issue led to Trump being impeached, then acquitted by the Republican-led Senate, earlier this year.

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