Trump Says US Will Sanction China Amid Hong Kong Tension, Leave WHO

Headline Roundup May 29th, 2020

In a Friday afternoon press conference, President Donald Trump announced the U.S. would be leaving the World Health Organization (WHO) and taking further action against China in retaliation for its recently imposed national security laws levied against Hong Kong. The administration's withdrawal from the WHO is in response to its handling of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Some center-rated analysts questioned what impact the sanctions against China would have, if any. Some left-rated voices focused on the fact that the president did not make mention of the Minneapolis riots over George Floyd's death during the press conference, and did not take any questions from the media.

Trump Says US Will Sanction China Amid Hong Kong Tension, Leave WHO

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President Trump on Friday leveled an extraordinary broadside at the Chinese government, accusing it of a comprehensive “pattern of misconduct” and ordered U.S. officials to begin the process of revoking Hong Kong’s special status under U.S. law.

The U.S. as a result will no longer treat Hong Kong and China as separate entities for the purposes of extradition, customs, trade and visa issues, he said.

In Rose Garden remarks, Trump also attacked the World Health Organization, which he said was effectively controlled by Beijing.

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ANALYSIS

U.S. sanctions on China over Hong Kong would ratchet up tensions between the two superpowers, but with no obvious goal beyond punishment. President Donald Trump on Friday says he would take steps to slap penalties on officials of the People’s Republic. The first move of its kind would escalate tensions, yet it probably won’t deter Beijing and could spur retaliation.

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President Donald Trump on Friday said the U.S. is quitting the World Health Organization and is beginning to revoke Hong Kong’s special status, in an escalation of tension with China.

Speaking in the White House Rose Garden, Trump also said the U.S. would move to sanction Chinese officials over what he called the “smothering” of Hong Kong, but the president steered clear of any discussion of reneging on a trade deal between the two countries, or wider sanctions.

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