In a rare turn of events, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush issued gratitude towards President Trump for signing legislation supporting pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.
According to The New York Times, the bill signed by the President on Wednesday “authorizes sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong officials responsible for human rights abuses in Hong Kong,” signaling support for pro-democracy activists and escalating tensions with Beijing” as Trump is in the middle of trying to hammer out a trade deal with China.
China’s Foreign Ministry voiced his frustration after learning of President Trump’s decision, saying the bill “seriously interfered with Hong Kong affairs, seriously interfered with China’s internal affairs, and seriously violated international law and basic norms of international relations,” as reported by the New York Times.
He then warned that any consequences stemming from the bill would “be borne by the United States.”
In response to President Trump signing the Hong Kong democracy legislation, Jeb Bush tweeted: “Thank you President Trump.”
Bush, who has been heavily critical of President Trump stemming back to the 2016 election, barely ever voices support for decisions made by the President and his administration. But, of course, he couldn’t end his brief statement of gratitude without undermining President Trump’s policy in Syria. See Below
“Supporting Kurds in Syria would be icing on the cake,” Jeb concluded.
The latter remarks from Jeb are likely in response to President Trump’s decision to withdraw American military support for Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, as he faced backlash from both sides of the aisle, including from Jeb’s brother & former President George W. Bush.
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Jeb Bush’s Official Tweet
Trump Signs Hong Kong Democracy Legislation That Has Angered China https://t.co/X0WzR6gI0b thank you President Trump. Supporting the Kurds in Syria would be icing on the cake.
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) November 27, 2019