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I'm surmise, the G7 isn't going as smoothly for Team Trump as hoped for. Apparently, they were prepared for the worst. Note the publication date, 19 March 2019, of the CRS report.

Powerful, OBSCURE law is basis for Trump 'order' on trade

China's announcement Friday that it was raising tariffs on $75 billion in U.S. imports sent Trump into a rage and White House aides scrambling for a response.

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

Over the course of the twentieth century, Congress delegated increasing amounts of emergency power to the Presidentby statute. The Trading with the EnemyAct was one such statute. Congress passed TWEA in 1917 to regulate international transactions with enemy powers following the U.S. entry into the First World War. Congress expanded the act during the 1930s to allow the President to declare a national emergency intimes of peace and assume sweeping powers over both domestic and international transactions. Between 1945 and the early 1970s, TWEA became a critically important means to impose sanctions as part of U.S. Cold War strategy. Presidents used TWEA to block international financial transactions, seize U.S.-based assets held by foreign nationals, restrict exports, modify regulations to deter the hoarding of gold, limit foreign direct investment in U.S. companies, and impose tariffs on all imports into the United States.
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.
Research Problem
How to reach beyond the political cliches about "who lost Iran"? How to recover the thousands of secret or confidential American communiques, and piece together a complete, day-to-day record of U.S. interactions with the Shah, Iranian military officials, opposition politicians, and the religious movement? How to gain the inside historical grasp needed for contemporary policy debate?
It would mark the latest grasp of authority by Trump, who has claimed widespread powers not [?] sought by his predecessors despite his own past criticism of their use of executive powers.
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The act gives presidents wide berth in regulating international commerce during times of declared national emergencies. Trump threatened to use those powers earlier this year to place tariffs on imports from Mexico in a bid to force the U.S. neighbor to do more to address illegal crossings at their shared border.

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 a [national] emergency with respect to China.

Extension of Iran Sanctions Act passes U.S. Congress, 2016
"sending the measure to the White House for President Barack Obama to sign into law and delaying any potentially tougher actions until next year"
US Congress Approves Iran, Russia, and North Korea Sanctions Bill, 2017
Senate shoots down attempt to curb Trump's Iran war powers, 2019

archived odious
Trump accuses France's Macron of sending 'mixed signals' to Iran
Trump Extends Sanctions, National Emergency With Respect to Venezuela
The Dictator and The Decider
Reid Rule

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Aug 25th, 2019 at 03:13:53 AM EST

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