We are working on a tough response to China’s planned national security legislation- President Trump
President Donald Trump says the United States is working on a tough response to China’s planned national security legislation.
The response is expected to be announced on Thursday, Al-Jazeera reports.
The Chinese parliament approved a proposed security law that would reduce Hong Kong’s separate legal status.
Hong Kong’s Legislative Council is also expected to complete the second reading of a bill that would make it a criminal offence to “disrespect” China’s national anthem.
On Tuesday at a White House news briefing, Trump was questioned on planned sanctions, including visa restrictions.
“We’re doing something now. I think you’ll find it very interesting. I’ll be talking about it over the next couple of days”, the American leader said.
Asked to give specifics, the president replied: “It’s something you’re going to be hearing about … before the end of the week, very powerfully, I think.”
White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany, disclosed that Trump found it “hard to see how Hong Kong can remain a financial hub if China takes over”.
Larry Kudlow, Trump’s economic adviser, stated the proposed law was “very disturbing. “China is making a big mistake, frankly” he stated.