Trump furiously reacts to Hong Kong claims
The president claimed in a Tuesday afternoon tweet that “many people” are blaming him for the disruptions ensuing in Hong Kong. He said: “Many are blaming me, and the United States, for the problems going on in Hong Kong. I can’t imagine why?” An inquiry to the White House concerning who the president might be talking about proved fruitless. An hour before the tweet he told reporter that he had been on a call “with China” earlier in the day.
The comment may have been in reference to allegations within Chinese state media that the United States had a “black hand” in the protests.
Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State, was soon to shout-down claims of U.S. involvement, calling them “ludicrous”.
A State Department spokeswoman also spoke out against the Communist nation’s claim, saying they were “irresponsible to dangerous”.
In another tweet characteristic of Trump, he said that Chinese intelligence had informed the US that it was putting troops on the border of Hong Kong.
He said: “Our Intelligence has informed us that the Chinese Government is moving troops to the Border with Hong Kong. Everyone should be calm and safe!”
The tweets come after riot police and protestors clashed at Hong Kong’s international airport following a two day disruption to incoming and outgoing flights.
Officers upped their physical presence at the protests, with pepper spray and batons among the brutal means to suppress those demonstrating.
Amid chaotic scenes a police officer who had forced a protestor to the ground was quickly surrounded and stripped of his weapons by demonstrators who began to attack him.
The officer took out his gun and pointed it at his attackers to stop them.
The disturbances started in February when China introduced a bill that would extradite Hong Kong residents to mainland China.
The move is seen by many as a push towards Communist China gaining complete control over the semi-autonomous region.
Hong Kong is currently under a “one country two systems” principle, making it independent of China’s legal systems and police force.