Washington Examiner, September 17, 2019
President Trump has been widely criticized for his failure to support the historic pro-democracy movement currently raging in Hong Kong. Although the president’s statements have been confusing and contradictory, he and the protesters in Hong Kong have far more in common than meets the eye.
Trump came to office promising a foreign policy based on concrete U.S. national interests, not soaring human rights rhetoric or careless military interventionism. At the same time, having led a historic political movement to win the White House, he has an instinctive understanding of the large-scale galvanization of a people’s political aspirations.
What this means for Hong Kong is that even though Trump will not mouth support for the protesters, he respects the scale of their movement.
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