Trump says China ‘moving troops’ to Hong Kong border as police clash with protesters

President Trump said Tuesday that he’s learned the Chinese government is sending its military to the Hong Kong border amid mounting clashes between riot police and pro-democracy protesters.

“Our Intelligence has informed us that the Chinese Government is moving troops to the Border with Hong Kong,” the president tweeted. “Everyone should be calm and safe!”

For more than two months, Hong Kong has seen mass protests urging democratic reforms and an investigation into police conduct.

The demonstrations, in turn, have raised concerns among U.S. officials about how far China might go to clamp down. “The United States, and all the freedom-loving nations around the world, must stand ready to swiftly move to defend freedom if China escalates the conflict in Hong Kong,” Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., said in a statement.

Speaking to reporters in New Jersey on Tuesday, Trump said, “The Hong Kong thing is a very tough situation.”

“Very tough,” he said. “We’ll see what happens. But I’m sure it’ll work out. I hope it works out for everybody, including China, by the way.”

The president also tweeted that some people are “blaming” him for the events in Hong Kong, though it was unclear what criticism he was referring to.

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