Donald Trump tweets ‘China!’ while the State Department is moving to expel students from American universities
Donald Trump tweets ‘China!’ while the State Department is moving to expel students from US universities, it claims to be affiliated with the Communist Party – but the press conference he attended disappears from the schedule
- The president tweeted “China!” without explanation Friday
- On Thursday he indicated that he would give a press conference on China
- That administration will ‘announce what we do’
- Mike Pompeo told Congress that Hong Kong has been autonomous for a long time
- The Dow Jones average dropped 150 points in early trading
- Reports that may send the US home to Chinese students with links to the state
- “This is not a ‘red scare’ and this is not racist,” said Pompeo
President Donald Trump left the world guessing as to what economic steps he plans to punish Beijing for simply “China!” in an early Friday tweet.
The short exclamation came just after 9am, after Trump attacked Twitter for deciding on Minneapolis as “glorifying violence” after writing, “When the looting begins, the shooting begins. ‘
Trump added to the confusion and indicated on Thursday that he would hold a press conference on Friday, but it did not appear on the public agenda released by the White House on Thursday.
President Trump said on Thursday that he planned to hold a press conference on China on Friday, although this is not on his public agenda
He will hold a roundtable discussion with industry executives at 4:00 PM where the President may choose to answer questions from White House reporters.
“We will announce tomorrow what we are doing regarding China and we are not happy with China,” Trump said Thursday.
The New York Times reported Thursday that the US plans to deport thousands of Chinese graduate students and researchers with “direct ties” to the regime’s People’s Liberation Army.
There are an estimated 36,000 Chinese students studying in the United States – in an exchange that allows visiting students to build intellectual capital in the U.S. university system, while U.S. schools can continue to float with higher tuition fees outside of college. The Chinese state helps determine which students have the opportunity to study abroad.
The Chinese legislature passed a national security law for Hong Kong on Thursday that put pressure on relations with the United States and Britain
Pompeo took away concerns about a possible ‘Red Scare’ or racist discrimination against the Chinese when Fox News host Laura Ingraham asked him about it.
Laura, I’m not surprised at the New York Times. We take seriously the threat that students who come here and have a deep connection with the Chinese state should not spy here in our schools, “he said.
‘As a former CIA director, I take the threat of espionage within our country seriously. We know we have this challenge. I am convinced that President Trump will tackle that. I don’t want to be at the forefront of what he is going to say tomorrow, but the American people need to know that the Chinese Communist Party has worked to make a huge impact here in the United States, “Pompeo continued.
“This is not a ‘red scare’ and it is not racist. The Chinese people are wonderful people. This is just like the days of the Soviet Union; this is a communist, tyrannical regime that poses real risks to the United States. And we have a duty – a duty – to ensure that students who come here to study, to get the benefits of coming to America to learn and take advantage of what we can offer them, are not acting on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party, ”he said.
Trump is also considering targeted travel and financial sanctions against Chinese officials in protest of Beijing’s new national law against Hong Kong.
Pompeo stated this week to Congress that Hong Kong can no longer be considered autonomous, given China’s actions. The area enjoys special trade privileges under the current agreement with China.
“We will announce tomorrow what we are doing regarding China and we are not happy with China,” Trump told reporters at an unrelated event on Thursday. “We are not happy with what happened. People all over the world suffer, 186 countries. They suffer all over the world. We are not happy, “he said.
Dow Jones’s average dropped 150 points in early trading, fearing a resumption of the trade war. Trump has also accused China of cheating in the spread of the corona virus.