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Obama: Separation of Powers 'Makes It Hard Sometimes for America to Change as Rapidly as We Need


"They imagine I would have turned the United States into Cuba."

President Barack Obama gets his jacket off at the 'Usina del Arte' cultural centre in Buenos Aires on March 23, 2016. The United States and Argentina sealed a major trade deal on the eve -the first day of President Barack Obama's visit- bolstering the efforts of his counterpart to end a decade-and-a-half of international financial isolation. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Often criticized for his use of executive power in the United States, President Barack Obama told an Argentina audience that dealing with Congress can slow the pace of change and is frustrating — but is also something he supports.

“One of the great advantages of the United States system, even though it’s very frustrating sometimes for the president, is that power is distributed across a lot of different institutions. It’s what we call separation of powers and decentralization,” Obama said during a town hall meeting in Buenos Ares.

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