August 24, 2019
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Late this week, China announced new tariffs on $75 billion worth of US goods, and President Trump angrily retaliated by announcing raises in the tariffs he’s already placed on many goods from China.

https://pjmedia.com/trending/trump-goes-berserk-china-should-not-have-put-new-tariffs-on-american-products/

Trump also tweeted that he “hereby ordered” American companies to start looking for alternatives to China and bringing their jobs back to America.

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/trump-us-companies-hereby-ordered-start-looking-alternatives-china/

That order brought on the usual mockery from the left (“delusions of thinking he has that power”) and fury from the right (“Presidents shouldn’t interfere with private sector business decisions.”) But I like to deal with reality, so just to be clear:

Yes, Presidents do have the power to do what Trump ordered (leftists have never acknowledged that Trump really is President, so they’re constantly accusing him of being delusional for thinking he has Presidential powers.) As law professor Glenn Reynolds of the Instapundit blog points out, this falls under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act or IEEPA. There have even been similar uses of it under Obama and Gerald Ford.

https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/339947/

The question is not whether Trump has the power to issue that order, but is it a serious order or just a message to China that he’s willing to do whatever it takes to stare them down?  It’s most likely the latter, since invoking the IEEPA would require him first to declare a national emergency based on economic threats, which he hasn’t done.

Bottom line: this is probably just a hardball negotiating tactic, which is good because we not only must renegotiate our terrible trade deals with China, but Beijing also has to learn that they need us more than we need them before they pull any more aggressive military moves anywhere from Greenland to Hong Kong. Businesses that have their manufacturing in China probably won’t consider it a binding order to immediately move their facilities elsewhere. Then again, whether Trump orders them to or not, it might be prudent to have a plan for that contingency in their back pockets anyway. 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Joe Wilkerson

    08/24/2019 05:25 PM

    Let's just face it, Greed caused those companies to move out of country. We can make everything China does for us now. Of course there would be a break in period that the general public had to get used to, but with all those companies competing once they got back home, I think, hopefully, that the general American public would start to feel pride in "made in America" again plus more jobs would be offered, hence more income taxes in the coffers for some much needed jobs on our crumbling air ports, bridges and roads. For the first time in a long while Teddys' old quote of "walk softly ,but carry a big stick" holds true with Pres. Trump.

  • sandra lisella

    08/24/2019 05:07 PM

    It is long past time that we have a president for the people and not for bigger government. I hope he sticks to his guns and basically tells the american companies based in China to pack it up and bring it home. There are a lot of people that are out of work and looking, or people that just dont want to work that can fill those position if they want to have a place to live and eat.

  • Don Smith

    08/24/2019 04:50 PM

    Maybe it is finally time for American retailers to get the message "Buy American". What a great opportunity to help out those domestic companies and their employees. There are still some options if retailers will offer them and highlight that to their shoppers.
    I hope they are listening....
    I.E. Walmart and others

  • Helen Corey

    08/24/2019 04:34 PM

    Prices have been creeping up at Home Depot, which has a lot of imports from China, before US imposed tariffs on China. A 2-pack of appliance bulbs cost about $3 less than 2 years ago. Now bulb comes 1/pack & costs $4.11, which was before tariffs were put on China. I think stores are using tariffs as excuse to raise their prices substantially. It takes long time to change product packaging, which occurred before US tariffs were put on Chinese products.

  • Sherry Glascock aka Sharon Glascock

    08/24/2019 04:25 PM

    I would like to have more American made items such as clothes, shoes, food, furniture, everything. Yes there is cheap labor in other countries but the cost to us is still higher than they should be. Now you tell me who is getting the gravy not the consumer it is the big bosses. Walmart high officers are paid way to much and now are trying to out do Amazon by order and pick up or have delivered to the home. WHAT I would rather pick out my own tomatoes etc. Lets open our own garment factories like it use to be. Kansas City was a booming town back then.

  • Carroll D. Brown

    08/24/2019 04:24 PM

    I think we could get along just fine without China altogether, but it is probably better to continue to trade with them, provided we get a decent trade deal worked out, because we need to keep an eye on them. I've heard that these raised tariffs haven't had much of an effect on prices here and our economy is still doing very well. I believe President Trump knows what he's doing and we need to back him up.

  • Glenda Lagerstedt

    08/24/2019 04:23 PM

    I love your commonsense and clearly understandable messages. Better than that, I fully trust your knowledge and instincts. Keep up the good work backing up our God-given president.

  • Sandra Spencer

    08/24/2019 04:09 PM

    I stand behind our President. We really need to find a way around ANY dealings with China. They have been playing the United States for years. Thank God, President Trump has the balls to stand up to them.

  • David Hill

    08/24/2019 03:59 PM

    About time someone stood up the theft of American goods by letting Foreign Governments know there's a new Sheriff in town and the days of abusing America is over.

  • Lora Lowery

    08/24/2019 03:54 PM

    If anyone says they own a car manufactured abroad, people say “that’s a foreign car. They should buy an American made car.” Then our companies should get back to making them in the U. S. A. “ Help our economy, employment, etc.

  • Wallace Hoffman

    08/24/2019 03:51 PM

    Accurate analysis

  • Alvin Reed

    08/24/2019 03:27 PM

    To obtain free trade, first you need fair trade.

  • Iris peacock

    08/24/2019 03:20 PM

    Thanks mike

  • Melanie Bruno

    08/24/2019 02:54 PM

    We shouldn't be dealing with the enemy, period! Thanks, Nixon, you dolt, for "opening up" China. Hopefully, this will be the beginning of cutting off those communist monsters.

  • Elizabeth Crouse

    08/24/2019 02:51 PM

    When are Americans going to wake up and put America first? We need to forget China and other countries, pay off our debt and take care of Americans. I am 86 and it breaks my heart to see what my grandchildren and ggrands are inheriting.

  • Mike Cash

    08/24/2019 02:44 PM

    Actually, I thought he meant that he "encouraged" it rather than ordered it..it would be a somewhat typical misstatement by the President

  • Lawrence E. Foster

    08/24/2019 02:21 PM

    Lyndon Baines Johnson, a sleazy but politically astute politician once said "If you are catching flak from both the right and the left, you are probably on a true course". Based on that, with both the internationalist right and the delusionist left screaming at him, President trump is probably flying a true course.

  • rodney burke

    08/24/2019 02:14 PM

    two can play hardball. Xi had better wake up. He is vulnerable, economically. The $ is much stronger than his currency which is about worthless. Nope, China will lose, they are NOT strong, they just think they are.

  • Lloyd Richardson

    08/24/2019 02:09 PM

    A simple fix would be a tax break for any company that locates in any emerging market country EXCEPT China, and additional tax breaks for relocating facilities back to US.

  • Terry M

    08/24/2019 02:09 PM

    China’s products are so inferior bring made in USA back! Greed greed yes and Democratic Presidents has power to shut down USA Steele,coal, car manufacturers so doy standard! USA

  • Rodney Salisbury

    08/24/2019 02:05 PM

    Clearly these politicians have forgotten or maybe were not even born when Jimmy Carter embargoed against the entire country of Russia and decimated our farming communities in the late 1970s

  • Grandpa In Tucson

    08/24/2019 02:02 PM

    POTUS Trump is not a politician -- he is a businessman and treats his job seriously -- without giving deference to politics. His stated objectives focus squarely on the betterment of the legal citizens of United States -- many of these objectives have been "kicked down the road" by his weak willed predecessors -- e.g., Clinton, Bush, Obama. The sycophants on the left are the "touchy feely" crowd who want to tell everyone else what to think, what to do, and to aspire to be middle class -- while they live luxuriously (Bernie Sanders has 3 houses, Maxine Waters has 3 houses, Nancy Pelosi lives in a compound with walls and armed guards). POTUS Trump focuses on "getting the job done", while the democrats on the left refuse to do the job they were elected to do -- "Politicians propose, support and create laws or policies that govern the land and, by extension, its people."(wikipedia) Question: What have the democrats done since POTUS Trump was elected? Answer: Obstruct, deny, and refuse to work with the President for the betterment of the country. Now, while everyone seems to agree with the President of the dangers China poses (both economically and militarily), they still refuse to work with him and criticize every step he takes and every tweet he makes. It is long past time for the "silent majority" to stand up and be heard and tell the liberal democratic left to shut up and get to work on behalf of legal American citizens.

  • Angela Taylor

    08/24/2019 01:57 PM

    The reason our president is having to “play hardball” with China is because our past presidents have allowed China to play chess while we play checkers. They have made a fool of the United States for a long time. Thank you President Trump for standing up for our beloved country. We are so blessed to have you in the White House. God Bless You and God Bless America.

  • timothy rookey

    08/24/2019 01:49 PM

    I pray that the President will especially criticize China for its horrible human rights record. Christian adults can go to a state approved church but no one under 18 can attend services. This tyrannical regime is trying hard to wipe out Christianity that is now blossoming in China. The US should continue to press for an even playing field on trade but work diligently to promote religious freedom in that hard core Communist nation. The Chinese people yearn for freedom and need our support to realize their dream of religious liberty.

  • Ray Cowden Witter

    08/24/2019 01:34 PM

    Excellent Analysis of President Trump's strategic thinking. BZ

August 24, 2019
|

Late this week, China announced new tariffs on $75 billion worth of US goods, and President Trump angrily retaliated by announcing raises in the tariffs he’s already placed on many goods from China.

https://pjmedia.com/trending/trump-goes-berserk-china-should-not-have-put-new-tariffs-on-american-products/

Trump also tweeted that he “hereby ordered” American companies to start looking for alternatives to China and bringing their jobs back to America.

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/trump-us-companies-hereby-ordered-start-looking-alternatives-china/

That order brought on the usual mockery from the left (“delusions of thinking he has that power”) and fury from the right (“Presidents shouldn’t interfere with private sector business decisions.”) But I like to deal with reality, so just to be clear:

Yes, Presidents do have the power to do what Trump ordered (leftists have never acknowledged that Trump really is President, so they’re constantly accusing him of being delusional for thinking he has Presidential powers.) As law professor Glenn Reynolds of the Instapundit blog points out, this falls under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act or IEEPA. There have even been similar uses of it under Obama and Gerald Ford.

https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/339947/

The question is not whether Trump has the power to issue that order, but is it a serious order or just a message to China that he’s willing to do whatever it takes to stare them down?  It’s most likely the latter, since invoking the IEEPA would require him first to declare a national emergency based on economic threats, which he hasn’t done.

Bottom line: this is probably just a hardball negotiating tactic, which is good because we not only must renegotiate our terrible trade deals with China, but Beijing also has to learn that they need us more than we need them before they pull any more aggressive military moves anywhere from Greenland to Hong Kong. Businesses that have their manufacturing in China probably won’t consider it a binding order to immediately move their facilities elsewhere. Then again, whether Trump orders them to or not, it might be prudent to have a plan for that contingency in their back pockets anyway. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments 26-50 of 87

  • Joe Wilkerson

    08/24/2019 05:25 PM

    Let's just face it, Greed caused those companies to move out of country. We can make everything China does for us now. Of course there would be a break in period that the general public had to get used to, but with all those companies competing once they got back home, I think, hopefully, that the general American public would start to feel pride in "made in America" again plus more jobs would be offered, hence more income taxes in the coffers for some much needed jobs on our crumbling air ports, bridges and roads. For the first time in a long while Teddys' old quote of "walk softly ,but carry a big stick" holds true with Pres. Trump.

  • sandra lisella

    08/24/2019 05:07 PM

    It is long past time that we have a president for the people and not for bigger government. I hope he sticks to his guns and basically tells the american companies based in China to pack it up and bring it home. There are a lot of people that are out of work and looking, or people that just dont want to work that can fill those position if they want to have a place to live and eat.

  • Don Smith

    08/24/2019 04:50 PM

    Maybe it is finally time for American retailers to get the message "Buy American". What a great opportunity to help out those domestic companies and their employees. There are still some options if retailers will offer them and highlight that to their shoppers.
    I hope they are listening....
    I.E. Walmart and others

  • Helen Corey

    08/24/2019 04:34 PM

    Prices have been creeping up at Home Depot, which has a lot of imports from China, before US imposed tariffs on China. A 2-pack of appliance bulbs cost about $3 less than 2 years ago. Now bulb comes 1/pack & costs $4.11, which was before tariffs were put on China. I think stores are using tariffs as excuse to raise their prices substantially. It takes long time to change product packaging, which occurred before US tariffs were put on Chinese products.

  • Sherry Glascock aka Sharon Glascock

    08/24/2019 04:25 PM

    I would like to have more American made items such as clothes, shoes, food, furniture, everything. Yes there is cheap labor in other countries but the cost to us is still higher than they should be. Now you tell me who is getting the gravy not the consumer it is the big bosses. Walmart high officers are paid way to much and now are trying to out do Amazon by order and pick up or have delivered to the home. WHAT I would rather pick out my own tomatoes etc. Lets open our own garment factories like it use to be. Kansas City was a booming town back then.

  • Carroll D. Brown

    08/24/2019 04:24 PM

    I think we could get along just fine without China altogether, but it is probably better to continue to trade with them, provided we get a decent trade deal worked out, because we need to keep an eye on them. I've heard that these raised tariffs haven't had much of an effect on prices here and our economy is still doing very well. I believe President Trump knows what he's doing and we need to back him up.

  • Glenda Lagerstedt

    08/24/2019 04:23 PM

    I love your commonsense and clearly understandable messages. Better than that, I fully trust your knowledge and instincts. Keep up the good work backing up our God-given president.

  • Sandra Spencer

    08/24/2019 04:09 PM

    I stand behind our President. We really need to find a way around ANY dealings with China. They have been playing the United States for years. Thank God, President Trump has the balls to stand up to them.

  • David Hill

    08/24/2019 03:59 PM

    About time someone stood up the theft of American goods by letting Foreign Governments know there's a new Sheriff in town and the days of abusing America is over.

  • Lora Lowery

    08/24/2019 03:54 PM

    If anyone says they own a car manufactured abroad, people say “that’s a foreign car. They should buy an American made car.” Then our companies should get back to making them in the U. S. A. “ Help our economy, employment, etc.

  • Wallace Hoffman

    08/24/2019 03:51 PM

    Accurate analysis

  • Alvin Reed

    08/24/2019 03:27 PM

    To obtain free trade, first you need fair trade.

  • Iris peacock

    08/24/2019 03:20 PM

    Thanks mike

  • Melanie Bruno

    08/24/2019 02:54 PM

    We shouldn't be dealing with the enemy, period! Thanks, Nixon, you dolt, for "opening up" China. Hopefully, this will be the beginning of cutting off those communist monsters.

  • Elizabeth Crouse

    08/24/2019 02:51 PM

    When are Americans going to wake up and put America first? We need to forget China and other countries, pay off our debt and take care of Americans. I am 86 and it breaks my heart to see what my grandchildren and ggrands are inheriting.

  • Mike Cash

    08/24/2019 02:44 PM

    Actually, I thought he meant that he "encouraged" it rather than ordered it..it would be a somewhat typical misstatement by the President

  • Lawrence E. Foster

    08/24/2019 02:21 PM

    Lyndon Baines Johnson, a sleazy but politically astute politician once said "If you are catching flak from both the right and the left, you are probably on a true course". Based on that, with both the internationalist right and the delusionist left screaming at him, President trump is probably flying a true course.

  • rodney burke

    08/24/2019 02:14 PM

    two can play hardball. Xi had better wake up. He is vulnerable, economically. The $ is much stronger than his currency which is about worthless. Nope, China will lose, they are NOT strong, they just think they are.

  • Lloyd Richardson

    08/24/2019 02:09 PM

    A simple fix would be a tax break for any company that locates in any emerging market country EXCEPT China, and additional tax breaks for relocating facilities back to US.

  • Terry M

    08/24/2019 02:09 PM

    China’s products are so inferior bring made in USA back! Greed greed yes and Democratic Presidents has power to shut down USA Steele,coal, car manufacturers so doy standard! USA

  • Rodney Salisbury

    08/24/2019 02:05 PM

    Clearly these politicians have forgotten or maybe were not even born when Jimmy Carter embargoed against the entire country of Russia and decimated our farming communities in the late 1970s

  • Grandpa In Tucson

    08/24/2019 02:02 PM

    POTUS Trump is not a politician -- he is a businessman and treats his job seriously -- without giving deference to politics. His stated objectives focus squarely on the betterment of the legal citizens of United States -- many of these objectives have been "kicked down the road" by his weak willed predecessors -- e.g., Clinton, Bush, Obama. The sycophants on the left are the "touchy feely" crowd who want to tell everyone else what to think, what to do, and to aspire to be middle class -- while they live luxuriously (Bernie Sanders has 3 houses, Maxine Waters has 3 houses, Nancy Pelosi lives in a compound with walls and armed guards). POTUS Trump focuses on "getting the job done", while the democrats on the left refuse to do the job they were elected to do -- "Politicians propose, support and create laws or policies that govern the land and, by extension, its people."(wikipedia) Question: What have the democrats done since POTUS Trump was elected? Answer: Obstruct, deny, and refuse to work with the President for the betterment of the country. Now, while everyone seems to agree with the President of the dangers China poses (both economically and militarily), they still refuse to work with him and criticize every step he takes and every tweet he makes. It is long past time for the "silent majority" to stand up and be heard and tell the liberal democratic left to shut up and get to work on behalf of legal American citizens.

  • Angela Taylor

    08/24/2019 01:57 PM

    The reason our president is having to “play hardball” with China is because our past presidents have allowed China to play chess while we play checkers. They have made a fool of the United States for a long time. Thank you President Trump for standing up for our beloved country. We are so blessed to have you in the White House. God Bless You and God Bless America.

  • timothy rookey

    08/24/2019 01:49 PM

    I pray that the President will especially criticize China for its horrible human rights record. Christian adults can go to a state approved church but no one under 18 can attend services. This tyrannical regime is trying hard to wipe out Christianity that is now blossoming in China. The US should continue to press for an even playing field on trade but work diligently to promote religious freedom in that hard core Communist nation. The Chinese people yearn for freedom and need our support to realize their dream of religious liberty.

  • Ray Cowden Witter

    08/24/2019 01:34 PM

    Excellent Analysis of President Trump's strategic thinking. BZ