President Trump Defends China’s Xi Jinping for Taking Responsible Actions in Hong Kong
July 22, 2019 (EIRNS)—In another statement sure to further infuriate the British Empire, President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House today that, in his view, “President Xi has acted responsibly, very responsibly,” in dealing with the Hong Kong protests.
The world media had spent the day scandalizing against the Hong Kong and Chinese governments for allegedly “looking the other way” when protesters in Hong Kong were attacked by masked men (now being reported as likely members of the Triad gangs). The reporter had asked President Trump if he had any “message to Beijing and China,” about protesters being beaten.
Trump had said before his late June Osaka summit with President Xi that he would raise the Hong Kong protests. Today, he answered the reporter:
“I know President Xi. We’re working on trade deals right now. We’ll see what happens.... But I know that they’re working—I know that’s a very important situation for President Xi. And, you know, you could say what you said, but you could also say that he has allowed that to go on for a long time.”
The reporter insisted that the Hong Kong protests have been peaceful, and asked if the President believes that the protesters should be allowed to demonstrate in Hong Kong. Trump replied that the protesters are being allowed to hold demonstrations.
“I don’t think China has stopped them. But China could stop them if they wanted.... I’m not involved in it very much—but I think President Xi of China has acted responsibly. Very responsibly. They’ve been out there protesting for a long time. I’ve never seen protests like it, where you have that many people. But I think ... I hope that President Xi will do the right thing. But it has been going on a long time.”