First some fake news, from an alternate universe:
Washington, DC, August 23, 2011: President Barack Obama today ordered all American companies to work exclusively with suppliers and site their factories and stores exclusively in locations approved by the White House. “I hereby order all American companies to stop all trade with China and to move all of their production operations to the United States.”
Ridicule came swiftly from both sides of the aisle.
“Who does he think he is—Stalin? Chairman Mao?” mused Senator John Thune (R-SD) while clocking seven-minute miles on a Sioux Falls bike trail. “This isn’t the Soviet Union. This isn’t Red Book China. The President has no authority to ‘order’ any business to buy, build, or sell what he wants, where he wants it.”
Speaking at a Chamber event in Vermillion, Senator Tim Johnson said sheepishly, “Sure we have issues with China’s unfair trade practices, but, well, no, the Constitution does not grant the President the CEO-ship of any private business. Michelle needs to get him back in line.”
Snap polling by Gallup showed Republican candidates Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, and Ron Paul all climbing to double-digit leads in hypothetical match-ups with the incumbent President [Jonathan Ellis with Spock goatee, “President Lays Bare Marxist Soul,” Mirror Universe Times, 2019.08.23].
Now real news from our real world and the all-too-real child in the White House pretending to be king:
There you go, great American companies. Donald Trump has hereby ordered you to stop doing business with China. No shipping soybeans or pork to the Chinese, no buying iPads or any of cheaper electronic goods from the myriad tech manufacturers in China, no accepting orders from China for any goods and services, no hiring engineers from China, nothing. Cancel your contracts and your factory-building plans. Donald Trump just gave you an order, and there’s no saying No to an order from the White House, is there?