China: White House condemns China for delaying Hong Kong elections despite Trump suggesting same for US | John T. Bennett/The Independent
The White House on Friday condemned China’s decision to delay an election in Hong Kong by one year due to the coronavirus pandemic even as Donald Trump continues floating the idea about the US election slated for November. Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Trump administration officials “condemn the Hong Kong government’s decision to postpone for one year its legislative … elections, and to disqualify opposition candidates. This action undermines democratic processes and freedoms that have underpinned Hong Kong’s prosperity.” “This is only the most recent [of] a growing list of broken promises by Beijing,” she added. That came less than 24 hours after the US president again signalled he would support – even prefer – the 3 November election in the United States be delayed, arguing a massive increase in mail-in ballots due to fears about voting in person inevitably will lead to widespread fraud. “I want an election and a result, much, much more than you,” Mr Trump said at the White House on Thursday evening. “I don’t want to delay. I want to have the election. But I also don’t want to have to wait three months and then find out that the ballots are all missing, and the election doesn’t mean anything.” The president help up print outs of recent media reports detailing problems with mail-in ballots. The list included reporting from major US media outlets like The Washington Post and others.