In his afternoon press conference, President Trump exploded two bombshells with respect to international policy.
First, the president announced that the US would cut off support for the World Health Organization, which he said was dominated by China. The president said that the US would redirect the $450 million that it contributes to WHO to other world health projects.
Second, Trump said that the US was revoking Hong Kong’s preferential trade status, citing claims that China was reneging on its promise to maintain Hong Kong as a separate political and economic entitity. China has recently taken steps to crack down on political opposition in Hong Kong.
Earlier this week, Secretary of State Pompeo notified the president that Hong Kong was no longer a separate political entity from the People’s Republic of China.
The president did not take questions and did not address the social media Executive Order or his ongoing feud with Twitter.
The president’s move against China will have far-reaching effects and likely means that the trade war between the two countries, which was interrupted by the pandemic, will continue. China has taken advantage of the world’s preoccupation with fighting Coronavirus to flex its military muscles in Asia.