This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, August 26, 2019:
Following President Trump’s “order” that U.S. companies doing business in China find “an alternative” place, he received pushback from much of the mainstream media that he once again was overstepping his bounds and turning his administration in a dictatorship.
Here’s what the president tweeted on Friday:
Our Country has lost, stupidly, Trillions of Dollars with China over many years. They have stolen our Intellectual Property at a rate of Hundreds of Billions of Dollars a year & they want to continue. I won’t let that happen! We don’t need China and, frankly, would be far better off without them.
The vast amounts of money made and stolen by China from the United States, year after year, for decades, will and must STOP.
And then he added:
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 the media jumped all over him, claiming he was assuming powers he didn’t have, Trump responded:
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!
It was the New York Times that took the lead in accusing the president of overreach: