Trump says Hong Kong would be ‘obliterated’ without him

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Trump ducked a question about whether he would veto the bill, which China has demanded, declaring he stands with both the protesters seeking more control over their government and his “friend,” Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Trump doubled down on his assertion that he is single-handedly saving lives in Hong Kong through his ongoing trade negotiations with China

“Well I’ll tell you, we have to stand with Hong Kong but I’m also standing with President Xi,” he said. “He is a friend of mine. He is an incredible guy, we have to stand. I would like to see them work it out. We have to see them work it out. I stand with Hong Kong, I stand with freedom, I stand with all the things we want to do.”

Trump doubled down on his assertion that he is single-handedly saving lives in Hong Kong through his ongoing trade negotiations with China, saying “thousands of people” would be dead without the trade talks.

“If it weren’t for me, thousands of people would have been killed in Hong Kong right now,” he concluded. “And you wouldn’t have any riots. You would have a police state. But thousands of people. The only reason he is not going in because I’m saying it is going to affect our trade deal. You don’t want to do that. I speak to him.”

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