Trump cites law to justify his mandate that companies to leave China, but he’s absolutely wrong

Donald Trump incorrectly referenced a federal law Saturday, to argue that he has the power to order private businesses to leave China—and the New York Times correctly fact-checked his lie.

As he arrived in France for the annual meeting of the Group of 7 powers, Mr. Trump posted a message on Twitter citing the International Emergency Economic Powers Act of 1977, a law originally meant to enable a president to isolate criminal regimes, not sever economic ties with a major trading partner over a tariff dispute.

“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,” Mr. Trump wrote. “Case closed!”

Case open, actually, The IEEPA clearly states it must be “an extraordinary threat,” and that the president must “declare a national emergency” to be granted such authority. It’s ludicrous to think that disagreements with our trading partners over tariffs fall under this law.

SEC. 201. This title may be cited as the “International Emergency Economic Powers Act”.

SITUATIONS IN WHICH AUTHORITIES MAY BE EXERCISED

SEC. 202. (a) Any authority granted to the President by section 203 may be exercised to deal with any unusual and extraordinary threat, which has its source in whole or substantial part outside the United States, to the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States, if the President declares a national emergency with respect to such threat.

(b) The authorities granted to the President by section 203 may only be exercised to deal with an unusual and extraordinary threat with respect to which a national emergency has been declared for pur- poses of this title and may not be exercised for any other purpose. Any exercise of such authorities to deal with any new threat shall be based on a new declaration of national emergency which must be with respect to such threat.

(Emphasis added)

And as expected, not a word from the GOP with regards to Trump’s latest authoritarian power grab. Only crickets interrupt the Republican silence that enables this “president.” Sadly, former Republican congressman and vocal Trump critic Joe Walsh, who I don’t agree with 99.9% of the time, was one of the few on the right to make a good, obvious point.

By citing laws that have absolutely nothing to do with the demand that American businesses exit China, Trump is once again testing the boundaries of our laws. Why? To justify yet another authoritarian attempt by this “president” to bypass them.

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Gunther
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Gunther

LOCK THIS DISGRACE UP !!!

MamaD
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MamaD

This line in this law wholly negates his “case closed” comment. Notice it says “which has its SOURCE in whole or substantial part OUTSIDE the United States” So him starting this economic crisis with China completely negates his theory that he has a right to make this command. SHEESH!!!! Will someone PLEASE remove this power-hungry delusional lunatic from our White House!!!!!

David Bishop
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David Bishop

Won’t happen. We are a nation of cowards lost in facebook, instagram, etc.

Dick Panico
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Dick Panico

Are you saying you wish Trump ,to take the LONG WAY OUT ?
As in HUEY LONG ?

Dick Panico
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Dick Panico
…The problem is, and has always been that congress has allowed Trump to get away with that crap , from day one . Now like Dr. Frankenstein’s monster, Trump has gotten out of control . ..And he’s killing his (creators) . There are a lot of subtle lessons in our old black and white movies. ….This is one of them . ..The Congress, the Pope , all heads of state, the Evangelicals, even the KKK, ALLOWED Trump , to get away with this shit . …Now they can’t stop him without( DISSECTING ) him , by his roots …As in… Read more »
Robert Burnett
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Robert Burnett

Lock Up? Just go ahead and deport him.