President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he hoped the escalating situation in Hong Kong can be resolved peacefully.
“The Hong Kong thing is a very tough situation, very tough. We’ll see what happens but I’m sure it will work out. I hope it works out for everybody — including China, by the way,” Trump said of the ongoing pro-democracy protests.
After these comments, Trump took to Twitter and suggested he’s being blamed for the situation in Hong Kong. The president also said US intelligence told him China is moving troops to the border with Hong Kong.
Trump has faced increasing pressure, including from congressional lawmakers, to offer a more forceful defense of the pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong amid his ongoing trade war with China.
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President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he hopes the situation in Hong Kong, which is experiencing ongoing pro-democracy protests, is resolved peacefully and in a way that benefits all parties — including China.
“The Hong Kong thing is a very tough situation, very tough. We’ll see what happens but I’m sure it will work out. I hope it works out for everybody — including China, by the way,” Trump told reporters in New Jersey before departing for an event in Pennsylvania.
The president added, “I hope nobody gets hurt, I hope nobody gets killed.”
President Trump: “The Hong Kong thing is a very tough situation, very tough. We’ll what see what happens. But I’m sure it’ll work out. I hope it works out for everybody, including China, by the way.” pic.twitter.com/QJrFWiUOLu
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) August 13, 2019
After these comments, Trump took to Twitter and suggested he’s being blamed for the situation in Hong Kong.
Trump tweeted, “Many are blaming me, and the United States, for the problems going on in Hong Kong. I can’t imagine why?”
The president in a separate tweet added, “Our Intelligence has informed us that the Chinese Government is moving troops to the Border with Hong Kong. Everyone should be calm and safe!”
Trump has faced criticism from foreign policy experts and media figures for not offering a more forceful defense of the pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.
When asked about the situation earlier this month, Trump told reporters, “Hong Kong is a part of China, they’ll have to deal with that themselves.” The president also characterized the protests as “riots.”
And Trump in July seemed to side with Chinese President Xi Jinping, whom he’s often praised, over the protesters.
“I think President Xi of China has acted responsibly, very responsibly,” Trump said at the time. “I hope that President Xi will do the right thing but it has been going on a long time.”
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