Donald Trump Gave ‘Green Light’ To China For Crackdown On Hong Kong Protesters In Phone Call With Xi Jinping

Xi Jinping speaks to Donald Trump.

In a June phone call, Donald Trump promised Chinese President Xi Jinping that the United States would not object to a Chinese crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong — a crackdown that now appears to be taking place as protests continued Wednesday. Police fired tear gas into a crowd of protesters in the city’s residential Sham Shui Po neighborhood, and they also stormed demonstrators who had effectively shut down Hong Kong’s main airport, according to a CNN report.

Chinese state media circulated video Wednesday showing a state-sponsored paramilitary group going through training exercises in the Chinese city of Shenzhen, the closest major city to Hong Kong, in what CNN reported was a clear message that the Chinese government is ready to crush protests in Hong Kong with military force if local riot police fail to quell the unrest.

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