Center for Security Policy in The Washington Post: Bystander in chief: Trump’s hands-off response to Hong Kong fits a pattern


By Anne Gearan for The Washington Post | Image from The Washington Post

President Trump’s largely hands-off response to the violent clashes between pro-democracy protesters and authorities in Hong Kong fits a pattern: The president as bystander in chief, an onlooker to world events that previous leaders would almost certainly have decried as assaults on democracy or human rights.

Trump often deflects or plays down U.S. interest in events whose connection to the United States may not seem immediate, as he did this week with Hong Kong.

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