President Donald Trump fired out a sequence of tweets on Wednesday meant to address and perhaps solve the violent crackdown on pro-Democratic protests in Hong Kong.
The president began with a veiled defense of his decision to postpone his tariff threat against China until after the Christmas season.
“Good things were stated on the call with China the other day,” he tweeted. “They are eating the Tariffs with the devaluation of their currency and ‘pouring’ money into their system.”
“The American consumer is fine with or without the September date, but much good will come from the short deferral to December. It actually helps China more than us, but will be reciprocated,” he continued in a second tweet.
“Millions of jobs are being lost in China to other non-Tariffed countries,” he added. “Thousands of companies are leaving. Of course China wants to make a deal. Let them work humanely with Hong Kong first!”
Hong Kong has been dealing with demonstrations against a plan to expand extradition to the Chinese mainland. Protesters say that the policy would lead to political repression by one of the worst human rights offenders.
The government has responded to the protests with a violent crackdown, and has threatened to escalate the response, sparking fears of a replay of the infamous Tiananmen Square massacre where as many as 3,000 dissidents were slaughtered.
Trump then added another tweet expressing hope the issue would be resolved.
“I know President Xi of China very well,” Trump tweeted. “He is a great leader who very much has the respect of his people. He is also a good man in a ‘tough business.'”
“I have ZERO doubt that if President Xi wants to quickly and humanely solve the Hong Kong problem, he can do it,” Trump continued.
“Personal meeting?” he offered.
Other U.S. politicians have expressed support for the cause of the pro-Democracy protesters, who have taken to singing the U.S. national anthem and waving the U.S. flag in their demonstrations.
In an interview on cable news, a pro-Democracy protester said that they were fighting against China installing a puppet government to spread their communist whims on the residents of Hong Kong.
Here’s the latest on the Hong Kong crackdown:
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