House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said she was “pleased” that President Donald Trump signed two bills Wednesday supporting human rights in Hong Kong.
“For six months, the people of Hong Kong have stirred the hearts of all freedom-loving people with their extraordinary outpouring of courage and their refusal to relinquish their demand for democracy and the rule of law, which was promised more than two decades ago,” Pelosi said in a Thursday press release.
She also said that the U.S. is sending a message that it stands “in solidarity” with Hong Kong and its people by passing the legislation.
Trump’s signing of the bills could ruin trade negotiations with China and interrupt a deal that was almost finalized in recent weeks. China was furious about the bills and said that they constituted “interference” in Chinese affairs.
“If America does not speak out for human rights in China because of commercial interests, we lose all moral authority to speak out elsewhere,” Pelosi said.
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