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Politics'Not foreign policy': Democrats blast Trump's tepid Hong Kong response

12:30  14 august  2019
12:30  14 august  2019 Source:   nbcnews.com

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WASHINGTON — President Trump , presenting himself as a neutral observer of the mass protests in Hong Kong , offered lukewarm support on Tuesday for pro- democracy “This is not foreign policy ,” Senator Christopher S. Murphy, Democrat of Connecticut, responded on Twitter to Mr. Trump ’ s tweets.

President Trump Donald John Trump Security analyst calls Trump ' s language on Hong Kong protests 'inappropriate' Americans' opinions about China hit record low: survey Pentagon watchdog says it is officially reviewing billion 'war cloud' contract MORE for his part expressed hope the escalating

Democrats on Tuesday criticized President Donald Trump over his response to the recent unrest in Hong Kong, where protesters clashed with police in riot gear in the city's main airport terminal.

'Not foreign policy': Democrats blast Trump's tepid Hong Kong response© Jonathan Ernst President Donald Trump walks towards reporters from the Marine One helicopter to speak to them prior to boarding Air Force One for travel to Pennsylvania from Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, NJ on Aug. 13, 2019.

Asked by a reporter if the Chinese should show restraint against the demonstrators, Trump said "the Hong Kong thing is a very tough situation. 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."

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Some Democrats joined Conway in rebuking Trump ' s remarks on Tuesday, with some saying he should have backed the protesters in Hong Kong . Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) responded to one of the president's tweets by noting that Trump ' s remark "is not foreign policy ." "It's hard to overstate

Trump is not capable of standing in solidarity with the people in Hong Kong because Trump is only capable of standing in This is an unusual response to the ongoing pro- democracy protests in Hong Kong https The House Foreign Affairs Committee also posted a tweet criticizing Trump ’ s response

He also called it "a very tricky situation. I think it’ll work out. And 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 hurts. I hope nobody gets killed."

Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., tweeted, "These answers show that Trump doesn’t know about the situation in Hong Kong and doesn’t care. He sounds like he got cold-called to talk about homework he didn’t do. America’s commander in chief is asleep at the wheel and the whole world is worse for it."

The comments — which Trump made en route to a speech in Pennsylvania — came after he tweeted that, "Intelligence has has informed us that the Chinese Government is moving troops to the Border with Hong Kong. Everyone should be calm and safe!"

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Barack Obama (D-IL) offered a tepid response to the Russian invasion of Georgia. Democrats may have appropriated these Republican attack lines because they remember how effective they were In essence, Democrats ’ complaints about Trump ’ s foreign policy boil down to three or four grievances.

Trump ' s bipartisan overtures on infrastructure and foreign policy were met rapidly with reality But Democrats rebuffed some Trump ' s comments, which they viewed as divisive. Richard Blumenthal said he observed " tepid " response from some of his Republican colleagues when Trump began to

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., responded with one line on Twitter, saying "This is not foreign policy."

"It's hard to overstate how meaningful support or backing from the U.S. is to the work of human rights and democracy activists overseas," Murphy said. "It's also hard to overstate how devastating it is when they risk it all to speak up for these "American" values, and America is silent."

Protesters have been in the streets for months, pushing back against what they fear could be a crackdown on their freedoms by the People's Republic of China.

Republicans and Democrats have rallied behind the protesters, with much stronger statements than the president.

"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," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tweeted on Monday.

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" Trump favors both sides in Hong Kong protests. Hardly a profile in courage," said Nicholas Burns Thomas Wright, a foreign policy expert at the Brookings Institution, accused Trump of essentially Democrats meanwhile more directly attacked Trump for what one, Representative Jim McGovern

Republican leaders did not criticize the president's response, but some Democrats said Trump is sending a bad message to the rest of the world.

"Well he's already made it about himself," South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg told MSNBC on Tuesday. "And he's on Twitter when he should probably be in the Situation Room trying to figure out how the U.S. could in some way be an effective voice for stability and de-escalation over there before this becomes an even bigger regional security problem, and before people standing up for their values just as we would come to harm."

"The protesters in Hong Kong are standing up for the basic rights they've long been promised. The world should stand up and condemn China's aggression, even if our President won't," tweeted Montana Gov. Steve Bullock. "I stand with the people of Hong Kong as they fight for their freedom.

U.S. Issues Travel Warning to Hong Kong Due to ‘Confrontational’ Protests.
The United States on Wednesday issued an advisory warning people about traveling to Hong Kong, urging visitors to “exercise increased caution” because of “confrontational” protests in the semiautonomous Chinese territory. The alert by the State Department comes two days after a general strike and widespread demonstrations shook the city, and as Chinese officials have warned about the continuing unrest. “Since June 2019, several large scale and smaller political demonstrations have taken place in various areas of Hong Kong,” the advisory warned. “Most have been peaceful, but some have turned confrontational or resulted in violent clashes.

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