What Is the Power of Recognition?

History Central shows how the Constitution grants the President "power of recognition," which allows the President to receive ambassadors, public ministers and recognize foreign governments without consulting Congress. Examples of this power include Truman's recognition of the State of Israel and Washington's recognition of the French Republic.

The American Heritage New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy states that the choice not to exercise the power of recognition is a way for governments to show disapproval of other governments. According to the White House, President Barack Obama exercised the presidential power of recognition on July 9, 2011 when recognizing the legitimacy of the Republic of South Sudan, a brand new nation built on democracy and justice.