Anything Congress Can Do, Trump Can Do Better

Concern over tariffs erupted in Congress today. Republicans are openly feuding with Trump. I offer a musical tribute.

Yesterday, Trump imposed tariffs on another $200 billion of goods from China. Today Republican infighting broke out.

Senators voted Wednesday, 88-11, to instruct the lawmakers appointed to iron out differences with the House over a spending bill to also insert a provision giving a role to Congress when the executive branch decides to impose tariffs on the basis of national-security concerns.

“We have to rein in an abuse of presidential authority and to restore Congress’s constitutional authority in this regard,” said Sen. Jeff Flake (R., Ariz.), one of the authors of the measure.

Mr. Trump has privately expressed frustration over Congress’s ability to limit or override the power of the White House on national-security matters, saying that it has complicated efforts to exert what he deems as necessary pressure on U.S. allies—particularly those in Europe. Three people familiar with the details of these conversations said the president complained last year when Congress urged him to back a tough new sanctions bill that included proposed measures targeting Russia.

The president eventually signed the Russia sanctions bill but insisted in a statement that: “As president, I can make far better deals with foreign countries than Congress.

Non-binding Vote

The Senate vote is non-binding. The House needs to put similar language into a bill and have the president sign it to take effect.

No president ever signs a bill that limits his power.

Besides, Trump knows full well that anything Congress can do, he can do better.

Trump, Get Your Gun

Just remember: No one can do anything better than Trump.

As "proof", note that BMW is moving some South Carolina production to China and Tesla is doing the same.

US car prices will go up by as much as $6,000 per car.

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Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments
sactown18
sactown18

What if Trump's goal isn't tariffs at all? They are just a means to an end that results in true free and open trade, not just on America's end.

Sechel
Sechel

congress right now is only offering up non-binding resolutions. they are failing to exercise their constitutional powers. tariffs and treaties are the senate's domain ceded to the president.

Tony_CA
Tony_CA

BMW is an interesting point. Telsa is irrelevant. They are simply not a viable long-term company.

RonJ
RonJ

"...note that BMW is moving some South Carolina production to China and Tesla is doing the same.

US car prices will go up by as much as $6,000 per car."

Some 60,000 U.S. factories have closed over the years, leaving a large number of American workers without money needed to buy a car. I can't afford a BMW in the first place.

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