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Trump Declares National Emergency to Protect US Communications

Discussion in 'American Politics' started by essentialsaltes, May 15, 2019 at 4:01 PM.

  1. essentialsaltes

    essentialsaltes Stranger in a Strange Land

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    Amid a deepening trade war with China, President Trump on Wednesday declared a “national emergency” to protect U.S. communications networks in a move that gives the federal government broad powers to bar American companies from doing business with certain foreign suppliers — including the Chinese firm Huawei.

    The order authorizes the commerce secretary to block transactions involving communications technologies built by firms controlled by a foreign adversary that puts U.S. security at “unacceptable” risk

    No companies or countries are listed by name, but it doesn't take much to see that this is aimed at China.
     
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  2. Nithavela

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    They really dont like someone else wiretaping their citizens.
     
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  3. DaisyDay

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    One of the many problems with Donald is that he is so untrustworthy that it is impossible to tell what might be real and what is more bluster and folly.
     
  4. mark46

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    This makes a lot more sense than his last national emergency to steal wall money from the military budget.

     
  5. friend of

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    Anyone against this measure is a Chinese spy
     
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  6. cow451

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    What if tulc has his Apple earbuds duct taped to his MAGA hat? Does that means he’s working for CHY-na?
     
  7. USincognito

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    I wonder how the Conservisphere would have reacted if President Obama was declaring national emergencies willy nilly.
     
  8. Pommer

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    We won’t be worried about the Government using its Powers to curtail free speech in a few weeks when the “enemy of the people” is fixated on the War in Iran!

    Having a trade war and a “shootin’ war” at the same time, with different countries, might be a FIRST that Trump might like to avoid?
     
  9. Pommer

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    Regular shiny, jingly things aren’t going to distract the hoi polloi anymore.
    The President needs YUGE shiny, jingly things now.
     
  10. Desk trauma

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    Just so long as they are not shiny things that go boom.
     
  11. KCfromNC

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    Too bad the foreign power interfering in our last few elections won't make the list.
     
  12. RDKirk

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    I do agree that it would be awesomely stupid to allow Huawei to establish the nation's entire 5g network.

    If the Chinese don't already have STUXNET-like worms hidden in most of the electronics of the world, they're not as smart as I think they are.
     
  13. LoAmmi

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    I would prefer this be an act of Congress. This can be undone at anytime by any President in the future. A law would take more effort to be removed.
     
  14. LoAmmi

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    I'd say more like software to spy or even create a botnet more than one to disable the phone.
     
  15. cow451

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    Right idea but not necessarily the best way to do it.
     
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  16. LoAmmi

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    Oh, and BTW to all Trump supporters:

    This thread shows liberals agreeing in principle with what Trump is putting forth, even if some of us wish a different, more permanent method was used.
     
  17. mark46

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    "Willy nilly" is in the eyes of the beholder. Trump has declared 5; one was very controversial.

    Obama declared 12.

    List of national emergencies in the United States - Wikipedia

    I suppose that the administration could have failed to address this issue, and waited for Congress (a rather useless approach, as Obama found). It seems that it is simply a knee-jerk reaction to oppose this Trump action. We need to act against China, and their cyber threat.

    The fact that Trump continues to ignore similar threats from Russia and North Korea is indeed hypocritical. That does NOT make this effort wrong or misguided.

     
  18. RDKirk

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    Oh, for sure.

    "All your base are belong to us"
     
  19. mark46

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    Is it better to wait for McConnell to send legislation to the White House?

     
  20. LoAmmi

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    Someone set us up the bomb!
     
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