Constitutional Law–Executive Agreements–International Law–Executive Authority Concerning the Future Political Status of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands

It is fair to conclude that the President, even in the absence of express congressional authorization, has constitutional authority indeed, a constitutional duty-to carry out those obligations assumed under the Micronesian trusteeship agreement. Execution of this agreement lies within the scope of the authority given the President by the faithful execution clause and by his independent constitutional powers in the area of foreign policy. Thus, it is next necessary to determine the scope of the president’s authority under the trusteeship agreement.