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Trump: American Companies are 'Hereby Ordered' To Look For Alternatives to China

President took a more serious tone with Chinese leader Xi Jinping

 on 23rd August 2019 @ 11.00pm
the president responded to china s announcement it was hiking tariffs on u s  goods © press
The president responded to China's announcement it was hiking tariffs on U.S. goods.

President Donald Trump said Friday that companies in the US are “hereby ordered” to start looking for alternatives to China amid the escalating trade war.

The president responded to China's announcement it was hiking tariffs on U.S. goods.

The announcement has reportedly taken the White House by surprise, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Trump took a more serious tone with Chinese leader Xi Jinping in a tweet, asking “who is our bigger enemy, Jay Powell or Chairman Xi?”

trump also admitted that china had not lived up to promises to stop fentanyl shipments to the u s © press
Trump also admitted that China had not lived up to promises to stop fentanyl shipments to the U.S.

Trump also admitted that China had not lived up to promises to stop fentanyl shipments to the U.S.

As a result, he said he was ordering FedEx, Amazon, UPS, and the U.S. Post Office search for and destroy any fentanyl in shipments from China.

The legal basis for Trump’s orders was not yet clear.

The president said he said he would make an official announcement about trade with China Friday afternoon.

The “order” may be a warning to U.S. companies that tariffs are going to increase, making manufacturing in China for U.S. markets prohibitively expensive.

trump has routinely accused china of taking advantage of american trade policies but said a trade pact could be imminent © press
Trump has routinely accused China of taking advantage of American trade policies but said a trade pact could be imminent.

The escalating trade conflict began more than a year ago when the U.S. accused Beijing of stealing or pressuring American companies to hand over their technology to their competitors, among other grievances.

In May, Trump said Chinese President Xi Jinping had sent him “a very beautiful letter” and that he would probably speak with him on the phone.

Trump has routinely accused China of taking advantage of American trade policies but said a trade pact could be imminent.

Fed officials signaled they might cut rates if trade tensions worsen, which they have.

China imports far less from the U.S than the U.S. does from China.

This means China’s ability to damage the US is limited, at least through tariffs.

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