Hong Kong is Rioting and Trump Gives Meh Response

Hong Kong is Rioting and Trump Gives Meh Response

Hong Kong is Rioting and Trump Gives Meh Response


The riots in Hong Kong are escalating, as protestors demonstrate for freedom and the Chinese Communists crack down. On Monday our Nina wrote a terrific post explaining why these protests matter, and why Americans should care.

And President Trump, leader of the free world, gave a lukewarm response.

Speaking with reporters on Tuesday, Trump said this about Hong Kong:

“The Hong Kong thing is a very tough situation, very tough. We’ll see what happens but I’m sure it’ll work out. I hope it works out for everybody — including China, by the way. I hope it works out for everybody.”

I hope it works out for everybody? That’s what you say when your family is arguing.

He went on:

“I hope it works out for liberty, I hope it works out for everybody, including China. I hope it works out peacefully. I hope nobody gets hurt. I hope nobody gets killed.”

I hope nobody gets hurt? Has this man not been watching the harrowing videos from HK? How has he missed the bloodied faces, the beatings, and the protestor who suffered a ruptured eyeball?

Yet he hopes it all “works out for everybody, including China.” However, he named China twice in his remarks, but Hong Kong only once.

But I suppose that’s an improvement from last week, when Trump gave carte blanche to China to handle HK their own way:

“Hong Kong is a part of China, they’ll have to deal with that themselves.”

Never mind that HK protestors have been waving the American flag and singing our national anthem.

Meanwhile, other U.S. lawmakers are speaking up more forcefully about the Chinese crackdown. For example, Sen. Marco Rubio posted this tweet:

Furthermore, Sen. Ted Cruz issued this press release:

“The Chinese Communist Party is deepening its campaign to deprive Hong Kong of its freedom and autonomy. The people of Hong Kong have responded with ten weeks of protests, which have been met with more threats and deepening repression.”

Cruz went one step further by pushing for the Hong Kong Policy Re-evalution Act, which requires the State Department to report on how China uses HK “to circumvent the laws of the United States.” That pressure would continue, wrote Cruz, “until authorities withdraw the extradition bill from future consideration and take steps to ensure that Hong Kong’s special status is protected.”

Hong Kong

Credit: al smith/flickr/CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

Meanwhile, on Fox News Business Channel, a spokeswoman for the Heritage Foundation said that President Trump “should not be afraid to call out” China for its rights violations:

So why has President Trump reacted in such a banal manner?

I think Ben Shapiro alluded to the answer in this tweet he gave prior to the President’s remarks:

Remember back in 2009, when we were all watching the Green Revolution unfold in Iran? As you may recall, those were also the Tea Party days in the United States, and many of us were cheering the young adults who were protesting for their freedom. Many of us felt a kinship to those kids who yearned for liberty.

Yet President Obama didn’t lift a finger to help the revolution succeed. Why? Because he wanted his nuclear deal to go through, not freedom for an oppressed people.

Likewise, President Trump badly wants a trade deal with China. Moreover, both Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping have had an on-again, off-again bromance since the two met at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in 2017.

Then, on Tuesday morning, Trump delayed a tariff — set to begin next month — on some Chinese products, such as lap tops, cell phones, and video game equipment. “We’re doing this for for the Christmas season, just in case some of the tariffs would have an impact on U.S. customers,” said Trump. Some tough crackdown on China that is.

But perhaps President Trump cares more about his trade deal than he does Hong Kong, which would be a shame if true. Because in that case, Trump would become Obama 2.o in regards to the freedom of suppressed people.


On Wednesday, President Trump reached out to China’s President Xi in a tweet:

“I know President Xi of China very well. 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. Personal meeting? ”

Hopes and prayers that Trump and Xi can come together to stop the violence and allow Hong Kong residents the freedom they desire.


Featured image: al smith/flickr/cropped/CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. 

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  • Trump has to be very careful not to make it worse. Too much support for Hong Kong will make it worse.

  • Sheila Plourde says:

    We need to stay out of it. Why is it that every time a country goes wacko. Some want us to butt in it? We have a screwed up country too. Actually Hong Kong is now China’s that they ignored after Britain gave it to them.

    • Kim Hirsch says:

      Who wants to “butt in?” I’m not suggesting that. In fact, there are means by which we can squeeze China without interfering. I mentioned Sen. Cruz’s suggestion in the post. Sen. Tom Cotton lists other ideas here. None of those “butt in,” but withdraw privileges.

      Yes, HK is part of China, but China promised 50 years of autonomy. As Gordon Chang points out, China has violated that agreement.

  • mackykam says:

    Trump’s response will be kicking China out of the WTO.

  • Jeannie says:

    read the conservative treehouse today. Trump is being brilliant on this. dial back the fear.

  • Ledger says:

    Trump ran on rescuing the USA from enemies within, not getting us involved in more foreign wars. Getting in a hot war with China would likely end in nuclear war. It’s a lose-lose proposition. He should make a deal that will be a win-win for both China and the USA. Arrange to trade their pro-democracy America loving people in Hong Kong for America hating communists currently wasting space and resources in the USA. The communists would get more totalitarian loving servile people like themselves, and we would get more brave freedom and democracy loving informed voters.

  • Frank Tillman says:

    Trump is wise in not stoking the fire.

    Just one statement and in America should STFU “Opium Wars”

  • Crisostomo Buenavista says:

    President Trump walks tall and doesn’t telegraph his intentions with reckless swagger and bloviating. Those who have dealt with him know how much he loves America, putting Americans first. Give him the space and support he needs to do his job.

  • D Rogers says:

    Chill out, folks. Read Jeannie above… Trump is very aware of what is going on and will act strategically as has been the case for the last three years in Asia(and Middle East). His default is on the side of Hong Kong and is working to maximize the leverage against China. I would argue his actions against China have fomented this as tariffs apply to the first point of sale which is usually in HK, et al. Give it time.

  • WD Patriot says:

    Our Great President stated yesterday that, America stands with Hong Kong. His work against Chinas monetary incomes is taking a toll. China wants Hong Kong to comply. WE are an inspiration to the protesters and aiding them indirectly already and China sees that. Trump has made it clear we will NOT be the world’s police force and he IS NOT “the leader of the free world” as you state. He is the leader of AMERICA. Your globalist thinking is how the left thinks. We cannot react with emotion only here, but use all the quiet forces in place due to President Trump leadership. Just wait, it is difficult for the Hong Kong protesters in searching for freedom from repression at this time, but the deal maker is at work. Do not become a globalist world leader but instead an inspiration of liberty for others to achieve.

  • Strelnikov says:

    As he should. This is an internal issue for China, of which Hong Kong is a part.

  • Mike Stephens says:

    This site is hardly worth coming to anymore. Sliding perceptively into the nevertrump swamp. Oh well…

  • Casey says:

    Trump is entirely correct. Hong Kong is an internal matter. If he voices inflammatory rhetoric it will just make the situation worse. Remember that Chinese culture is heavily dependent on “face.” Trump loses influence if he publicly scolds Chinese leaders.

    The situation in Iran was not parallel. Iran has been a publicly avowed enemy of the United States for over 40 years, and supports terrorist groups. China, while a repressive police state, is neither our enemy (rival yes) nor do they support international terrorists. In fact they’ve been applying pressure on North Korea to dump their nuclear program and start behaving.

    I find Trump’s public statements quite acceptable, and point out that it’s quite possible he’s using back channels to negotiate in private. Remember what I said about face?

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