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Trump Rips ‘Clueless’ Media For ‘Questioning My Authority’ To ‘Hereby’ Order US Businesses Out Of China

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President Donald Trump lashed out at the media for reporting his pronouncement on Friday that American companies were “hereby ordered” to find alternatives to manufacturing in China, claiming that the 1977 International Emergency Economic Powers Act gave him the power to make such a declaration.

Trump slammed the press for questioning his authority to order businesses out of China, tweeting “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!”

In a flurry of tweets Friday morning, Trump said he was ordering U.S. companies to “immediately start looking for an alternative to China,” beginning with making their products in the United States.

“The vast amounts of money made and stolen by China from the United States, year after year, for decades, will and must STOP. 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,” Trump tweeted.

His language drew a swift reaction on social media from those who mocked his formal decree.

Conservative lawyer George Conway tweeted Friday that Trump should be sent to Walter Reed Medical Center and his Cabinet should declare him unfit to be president following his declaration.

“I hereby order the White House staff to take @realDonaldTrump to Walter Reed, and to convene the cabinet under Section 4 of the Twenty-fifth Amendment,” he wrote, adding the trending hashtag “Iherebyorder.” The husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway is a frequent critic of the president.

A number of news outlets, in turn, published articles employing Trump’s formal language to question whether he had the authority to make such a command.

Here’s Trump’s response:

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