President Donald Trump suggested a solution on Thursday morning to China’s leader Xi Jinping for the escalating situation in Hong Kong.
“If President Xi would meet directly and personally with the protesters, there would be a happy and enlightened ending to the Hong Kong problem,” Trump tweeted. “I have no doubt!”
If President Xi would meet directly and personally with the protesters, there would be a happy and enlightened ending to the Hong Kong problem. I have no doubt! https://t.co/eFxMjgsG1K
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 15, 2019
Just a few hours earlier, Trump also suggested a “personal meeting” with Xi Jinping on “the Hong Kong problem.”
“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,” President Trump tweeted.
In a series of tweets moment earlier, President Trump also mentioned Hong Kong as a condition for a trade deal with China, saying, “Of course China wants to make a deal. Let them work humanely with Hong Kong first!”
Beginning in early June, hundreds of thousand people in Hong Kong have taken to the streets to protest a controversial bill that could extradite its citizens to mainland China. The bill is now suspended but not fully withdrawn. The demonstrations since then have increasingly intensified, where protesters call for autonomy, full democracy, and the stepping down of Chief Executive Carrie Lam. The demonstration at some points turned violent. Photos and videos showing bloodied protesters clashing with police appear on social media.
More U.S. lawmakers have raised their voices over the Hong Kong crisis to support the protesters.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) praised the Hong Kong people for their bravery:
“The people of Hong Kong are bravely standing up to the Chinese Communist Party as Beijing tries to encroach on their autonomy and freedom. Any violent crackdown would be completely unacceptable. As I have said on the Senate floor: The world is watching,” McConnell tweeted.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), on Tuesday also expressed his support for the protesters in Hong Kong in a tweet, referring to the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing, where thousands of unarmed students were killed by the communist regime.
“30 years after Tiananmen Square all Americans stand with the peaceful protesters in Hong Kong,” Graham tweeted.
“These protests highlight the moral authority of their demands for Freedom and Democracy. This is becoming a defining moment for US-China relations,” Graham tweeted.