ith the situation in Hong Kong spiraling further and further out of control, US President Donald Trump has taken to Twitter after evidently finally sitting through a security briefing.
“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 president tweeted.
It’s unclear what Trump means here by “troops.” The world has already known for days about China’s posturing with Chinese state media sharing videos over the weekend of People’s Armed Police personnel and vehicles gathering in the border city of Shenzhen. The PAP is a paramilitary force that specializes in dealing with riot situations.
No large-scale movements of People’s Liberation Army troops, however, have yet been reported. There are estimated to be around 6,000 PLA soldiers stationed in Hong Kong.
Trump later retweeted a popular video showing military vehicles rolling into town.
— Alexandre Krauss (@AlexandreKrausz) August 12, 2019
After accusing others of blaming him for the situation in Hong Kong. It’s unclear who the “many” are in this situation, though Beijing has frequently blamed US meddling for fanning the flames of the protest.
Many are blaming me, and the United States, for the problems going on in Hong Kong. I can’t imagine why?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2019
On Monday, China’s top Hong Kong policy office characterized protesters as starting to “show signs of terrorism,” igniting worries that Beijing was looking to lay down the rhetorical groundwork for military intervention in the former British colony which has seen ten straight weeks of demonstrations.
Trump himself has described the protests as riots. Earlier on Tuesday, he said that the situation in Hong Kong was “very tricky.”
“I think it’ll work out and I hope it works out for liberty,” he added. “I hope it works out for everybody, including China.”