White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Thursday that President Barack Obama “was deeply disappointed” in the Supreme Court decision that curtailed presidents’ power to unilaterally appoint officials while the Senate is in recess.
“We are, however, pleased that the court recognized the president’s executive authority as exercised by presidents going all the way back to George Washington,” Earnest said.
Earnest said aid the ruling does preserve some important elements of the president’s executive authority that he will not hesitate is using.
“The president, though, remains committed to using every element of his executive authority to make progress on behalf of middle class families,” he said.
“The president is in no way considering scaling back” his executive actions, he said.