Trump Administration Penalizes Chinese Officials for Hong Kong Crackdown

Commentary/News with a Twist

Even if Trump and his toadies knew what irony meant, they still wouldn’t get it!

The New York Times reported today that the Trump administration on Friday imposed sanctions on Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam and 10 other senior officials in Hong Kong and mainland China over their roles in cracking down on political dissent in the southern Chinese territory.

These are the first sanctions against officials from China and Hong Kong over suppression of pro-democracy protests of and dissent in the territory. They are being imposed following an executive order President Trump signed last month seeking to punish China for its repression in Hong Kong.

“The United States stands with the people of Hong Kong and we will use our tools and authorities to target those undermining their autonomy,” Steven T. Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, said in a statement.

DHS Troopers in Portland, Oregon
Today’s word is IRONIC. Can you say IRONIC?

Within in hours, 194 countries issued the following statement:

“We, the undersigned 194 countries, representing 7.4 billion people, stand with the people of the United States. We pledge to use our tools and authorities to target tyranny and those leaders in the United States who are undermining the peoples’ right to lawfully assemble and protest.”

World Statement on American Tyranny

Published by Ted Block

Ted Block is a veteran “Mad Man,” having spent 45+ years in the advertising industry. During his career, he was media director of several advertising agencies, including Benton & Bowles in New York and Foote, Cone and Belding in San Francisco; account management director on clients as varied as Clorox, Levi’s and the California Raisin Advisory Board (yes, Ted was responsible for the California Dancing Raisins campaign); and regional director for Asia based in Tokyo for Foote, Cone where he was also the founding president of FCB’s Japanese operations. Ted holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications from Queens College and, before starting in advertising, served on active duty as an officer on USS McCloy (DE-1038) in the U.S. Navy. Besides writing Around the Block, Ted is also a guest columnist for the Palm Beach Post.

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