DJT wants to continue the fine Republican tradition of fucking things up, declaring there’s an emergency because of the unacknowledged fuck up, which will in turn expand the size and scope of the fuck up by at least 50%.
Trump fired off on Twitter, declaring American companies “are hereby ordered to immediately start looking for an alternative to China.” He later clarified that he was threatening to make use of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act in the trade war, raising questions about the wisdom and propriety of making the 1977 act used to target rogue regimes, terrorists and drug traffickers the newest weapon in the clash between the world’s largest economies.
Naturally the commieliberal snowflake business community is outraged.
It was not immediately clear how Trump could use the act to force American businesses to move their manufacturing out of China and to the U.S, and Trump’s threat appeared premature — as he has not declared an emergency with respect to China.
Even without the emergency threat, Trump’s retaliatory action Friday — further raising tariffs on Chinese exports to the U.S. — had already sparked widespread outrage from the business community.
“It’s impossible for businesses to plan for the future in this type of environment,” David French, senior vice president for government relations at the National Retail Federation, said in a statement.
As an aside – is there a rule that people named David French have to be right wing assholes? This one worked for Santorum.
It’s fun to see the anxiety that normal people feel thanks to this shitty and chaotic administration trickle up to people who think they should be above this sort of thing, but I know that the members of organizations like the NRF will manage to shove any pain downwards and turn a profit. Of course you can’t have a raise this year, they’ll bellow at their employees. Don’t you know there’s a trade war on?