Biden Blames ‘Weak’ Trump
Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, accused Trump of allowing China to impose its will on Hong Kong through a hesitant response.
“It’s no wonder Beijing is acting with impunity. Time and again, President Trump has surrendered our values and reassured China’s autocrats they have a like-minded partner in the White House,” Biden said in a statement.
“Where Trump has been weak, I will be strong, clear and consistent in standing up for our values,” he said.
The Trump administration has taken a series of actions in response to China’s moves on Hong Kong, including restricting visas to an unspecified number of officials and blocking high-tech exports to the financial hub.
Critics say the actions were not enough and that Trump has prioritized a trade deal with President Xi Jinping.
John Bolton, Trump’s former national security advisor, wrote in an explosive new book that Trump explicitly asked Xi to help his re-election through buying farm produce.
“Hong Kong has been on the backburner in an effort to sell soybeans and we haven’t even sold the soybeans,” Representative Brad Sherman, a Democrat, told the congressional hearing.