ongoing demonstrations in Hong Kong against the proposed extradition bill on Wednesday.president Donald Trump served up yet another impressive word salad when asked by reporters what he thought about the
Asked whether China is overplaying its hand in the crackdown against the protestors, Trump appeared to be rather impressed by the number of people that showed up. “Well, they’re massive demonstrations. I looked today and that really is a million people,” he said.
And without skipping a beat, he continued with the following fragments of phrases that make sense to no one else but him: “A lot of times, people talk about… they had 2,000 people, but it was really 1,000, or it was 200, I see it all the time. I see it all the time.”
Pres. Trump on "massive" demonstrations in Hong Kong: "I hope it all works out for China and for Hong Kong…I understand the reason for the demonstration, but I'm sure they'll be able to work it out." https://t.co/nebejsbieE pic.twitter.com/0xWL5llmKf
— ABC News (@ABC) June 12, 2019
“But when you look at this demonstration, they said it was a million people. That was a million people. That was as big a demonstration as I’ve ever seen. I hope it works out for China and for Hong Kong.”
Asked what message the protestors are sending to China, the self-proclaimed “very stable genius” was refreshingly honest.
“I don’t know what they’re sending. I mean that’s a demonstration that they’re having,” he said. “I understand the reason for the demonstration but I’m sure they’ll be able to work it out. I hope they’re going to be able to work it out with China.”
Oh no, you don’t, Donald. Apart from a video that you probably saw on Twitter, it’s quite clear you’re utterly clueless about what’s going on in Hong Kong.
I guess when you’re the leader of the free world but are too lazy to read any of your briefing notes, you can just ramble your way through an interview and hope nobody notices.
Fortunately, to help us understand the official response of the Trump administration, we have State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus who expressed “grave concern” on Tuesday about the Hong Kong government’s proposed extradition bill.
— Department of State (@StateDept) June 10, 2019
In a statement that is also likely to infuriate Beijing, US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said that if Hong Kong’s Legislative Council bulldozed through the bill, Congress would have “no choice but to reassess whether Hong Kong is ‘sufficiently autonomous’ under the ‘one country, two systems’ framework.”
The hearts of all freedom-loving people were moved by the courage of the one million men & women of Hong Kong who took to the streets to peacefully demand their rights & denounce this horrific extradition bill. America stands with the people of Hong Kong. https://t.co/wX01v5xzHs
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) June 12, 2019
Her sentiments were echoed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who said the extradition bill was “another erosion of the rule of law and tightening of Beijing’s grip on [Hong Kong’s] imperiled autonomy.”