According to a report in The Guardian, Chinese state media and government leaders are mocking reports that Donald Trump fled to a secure bunker under the White House in the face of massive police brutality protests that reached the White House gates.
Following reports that a "rattled" Trump was ushered to safety by the Secret Service as police battled with George Floyd protesters in the streets of Washington, D.C, among other cities, officials in China took notice.
"At a press conference on Monday, foreign ministry spokesman, Lijian Zhao urged the US to eliminate racial discrimination and protect the lawful rights of minorities, according to state-backed media, CGTN. 'The death of George Floyd reflects the severity of racial discrimination and police brutality in the US,' said Zhao," reports the Guardian. "Zhao also threatened 'counter-attacks' on the US for continued retaliatory measures over China’s increased control over Hong Kong, which include reversing Hong Kong’s special customs status. On Sunday China’s foreign ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying posted 'I can’t breathe' – Floyd’s last words – to Twitter, with a screenshot of her American counterpart criticizing China’s crackdown on Hong Kong."
More pointed attacks on Trump came from Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of nationalist tabloid Global Times.
"In a series of tweets and editorials over the weekend, Hu and his paper accused the US of hypocrisy," the report states. "'Mr President, don’t go hide behind the secret service,' said Hu. 'Go to talk to the demonstrators seriously. Negotiate with them, just like you urged Beijing to talk to Hong Kong rioters.' In another tweet he said both protests defied the law, subverted order, and were destructive, but that Hong Kong’s were seen as justified by the US, while those in the US were unjust."
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