Donald Trump claims he has the “absolute right” to order companies not to do business with China citing 1977 law that absolutely does not say that.

By |2019-08-24T11:48:49-08:00August 25th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |16 Comments

For those who have long wondered what could be so bad it we elected an absolute moron to be presidnet of the United States here is your answer.

Courtesy of CNN:

President Donald Trump claimed he has the “absolute right” to “order” US companies to stop doing business with China that would involve using his broad executive authority in a new and unprecedented way under a 1977 law.

On Friday, China unveiled a new round of retaliatory tariffs on about $75 billion worth of US goods, the latest escalation in an on-going trade war that’s putting a strain on the world’s two largest economies. In response, Trump wrote on Twitter later Friday: “Our great American companies are hereby ordered to immediately start looking for an alternative to China including bringing …your companies HOME and making your products in the USA.”

When leaving the White House for the G7 summit in France, Trump told reporters, “I have the absolute right to do that, but we’ll see how it goes.” He later explained that he was referring to the 1977 International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), and in a Friday tweet wrote: “For all of the Fake News Reporters that don’t have a clue as to what the law is relative to Presidential powers, China, etc., try looking at the Emergency Economic Powers Act of 1977. Case closed!”

Okay here is the thing.

The 1977 IEEPA law was passed after Watergate and Vietnam to give the president special powers to regulate a variety of economic transactions following the declaration of a national emergency.

Of course first, he has to consult with Congress before he can declare a national emergency and then send them a report explaining why he invoked the national emergency after he has done so.

Congress, in turn, can end an emergency with a joint resolution

So how long do you think that it will take Nancy Pelosi to make that happen if Trump starts abusing this law?

Yeah, I think immediately as well. 

As it turns out this law has been used a number of times for legitimate reasons, such as when President Carter utilized it to impose trade sanctions against Iran, and freeze their assets, in response to the 1979 hostage crisis. 

But Trump is just trying to use these powers to bully other countries, and to act the dictator. 

That is not what they are for, and the Democrats in Washington are certainly not going to stand by as he abuses his office like this. 

Completely off topic, but how is that impeachment investigation going again?

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  1. Anonymous August 25, 2019 at 6:58 am

    “….the Democrats in Washington are certainly not going to stand by as he abuses his office like this.”

    Yeah, but then there’s Moscow Mitch.

    • AnonCO August 25, 2019 at 7:24 am

      Ah, but let us not forget that Mrs. Moscow Mitch’s family are in business in China. I doubt either Putin or Xi will let Donnie hurt the Chao bottom line too much.

  2. OK August 25, 2019 at 7:12 am

    Trump was reportedly asked by an unnamed reporter, “Mr. President, any second thoughts on escalating the trade war with China?”

    “Yeah, sure, why not? ” Trump replied and, pressed further, he added, “Might as well, might as well,” and then “I have second thoughts about everything.”

    • Anonymouus August 25, 2019 at 7:39 am

      “Within hours though, the gaslighters working in the White House kicked into overdrive, seeking to “clarify” Trump’s comments by suggesting he never said he had second thoughts about his trade war with China, but rather his only regret was not raising tariffs even higher.

      It turns out even his second thoughts have second thoughts.”

  3. OT-FYI August 25, 2019 at 7:26 am
  4. anonymous August 25, 2019 at 7:44 am

    “We’re having very good trade talks between the U.K. and ourselves. We’re going to do a very big trade deal, bigger than we’ve ever had with the UK,” “At some point… they won’t have the anchor around their ankle, because that’s what they had. So, we’re going to have some very good trade talks and big numbers.” “he and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson were also discussing “lots of fantastic mini-deals” and that they were “having a good time”

    “Johnson lathered praise upon Trump, saying that he wanted to “actually congratulate the president on everything that the American economy is achieving, it’s fantastic to see that.””
    “After previously saying that the odds of a potentially economically devastating no-deal Brexit were a “million to one,” Johnson told the BBC at the G7 meeting that it was now “touch and go,” and that it “all depends on our EU friends and partners.””

  5. Anonymously August 25, 2019 at 8:31 am

    ‘This will not end well’: Far-right extremism expert warns of Trump’s intensifying authoritarianism

    An expert on the far-right in America warned of President Donald Trump’s “genuinely dangerous levels” of authoritarianism on Saturday.

    Author David Neiwert posted a long Twitter thread on the commander-in-chief’s “Social Dominance Orientation” — and warned it will not end well.

    Neiwert is the author of the 2017 book Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump.

    1) Donald Trump’s authoritarianism has metastacized in the past month to reach genuinely dangerous levels. Let’s review. (longish thread follows)

  6. Anonymously August 25, 2019 at 8:34 am

    “Donald Trump does have a fundamental psychological problem,” he bluntly stated. “He needs to be loved all the time, he needs to have power over everyone all the time. Once you get that idea down, the rest of his behavior and his speech makes sense.”

    “He also doesn’t have any respect for the truth or for honesty. They don’t mean anything to him because he can’t care about them,” he added. “His focus, again, is always on himself and to be — to care about being honest to people rather than lying to them means you’d have to care about your effect on them.”

    “He never expresses regret, he does terrible things to people, the children who are being detained in cages are a good example,” he continued. “If you think about it psychologically, this is what some of us once called a soul murder. That’s what he’s doing to these children. His ability to do that fits perfectly with this kind of very deep sickness where other people don’t matter and he can hurt them to whatever extent he wants.”

    As to his relationship with Putin and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, Dodes had another theory.

    • Anon August 25, 2019 at 9:58 am

      So he is like a cat? Has to be pet all the time?
      Kelley Anne!!! Kitty needs some loving! 😼

  7. anonymous August 25, 2019 at 9:51 am

    ““Chinky, chinky, China lady,” Waldman sings. “Chinky, chinky, China lady. You give your people a bad name here and we hate you people. Go back where you belong.”
    “F*ck you, f*cking c*nt,” the white woman adds before leaving.”

    • Beaglemom August 25, 2019 at 2:47 pm

      Well, it looks like the white woman literally “crossed the line” with her car. I hope she gets a ticket and that her insurance has to pay any damages to the “Chinese woman’s” car.

  8. POS-POTUS August 25, 2019 at 10:54 am

    Credit to Jim Wright for this:

    Donald J. Trump @realdonaldtrump

    The question I was asked most today by fellow World Leaders, who think the US is doing so well and is stronger than ever before, happens to be, “Mr, President, why does the American media hate your Country so much? Why are they rooting for it to fail?”

    Bullshit. Utter BULLSHIT.

  9. nanna August 25, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    It has been said often before that Trump quoting “Mr President……..” is his biggest ‘tell’.

    I very much doubt that “World Leaders” say much at all to him, they know he’s not sane and there’s weather to talk about and how was your flight and are you finding your digs comfortable… given Trump’s children are notorious and he hates animals, so children, grandchildren and pets are out…. and hey sharp suit will always be impossible.

  10. FFFTrump August 25, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    Ok so I finally found something I love better than the fact that Bristol Palin has the ability to laugh at the lies liberals tell about her because every day her son tells her he is grateful he has the best mom in the world.

    Melania definitely loves Trudeau lmao

  11. downs August 25, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    The “emergency” is his reelection.

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