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Trump signs Hong Kong human rights act (with a wiggle, of course)
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: November 27, 2019 07:02PM
Trump had to sign. The only vote opposed was some House idiot from Kentucky. If he didn't, they would have overridden his veto.

Trump signs Hong Kong human rights act
[www.cnn.com]

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act into law -- a move sure to be hailed by the territory's pro-democracy protesters, who have been calling for the law since the summer.
The US has long maintained a special trading relationship with Hong Kong, a semi-autonomous territory where mass protests have erupted continuously since June over perceived infringement on its autonomy by Beijing, among a host of other issues.
The new law will require the US to annually confirm that Hong Kong's special freedoms are being maintained by Beijing -- failure to do so could result in Washington withdrawing the city's special status, a massive blow to the Hong Kong economy.
The bill also lays out a process for the President to impose sanctions and travel restrictions on those who are found to be knowingly responsible for arbitrary detention, torture and forced confession of any individual in Hong Kong, or other violations of internationally recognized human rights in the Asian financial hub.

However, the US President's statement also indicated the administration would only enforce parts of the measure -- as it interferes with the President's ability to conduct foreign policy.
"Certain provisions of the Act would interfere with the exercise of the President's constitutional authority to state the foreign policy of the United States. My Administration will treat each of the provisions of the Act consistently with the President's constitutional authorities with respect to foreign relations," the White House said in a statement.

In a personal signing statement, Trump added that he had signed the bills "out of respect for President Xi, China, and the people of Hong Kong.
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