By | Rachel Brooks
Staff | Telegraph Local
Above, MSNBC captures the scene outside the White House during riots.
China and Iran have taken the opportunity to mock the United States over the continued George Floyd riot escalations. This was reported by Fox News within the last 48 hours. The Chinese officials have responded to U.S. concerns over Hong Kong freedoms when foreign minister Hua Chunying simply tweeted out “I can’t breathe.” This is a phrase excerpted from the last quoted words of George Floyd, a man in Minneapolis, Minnesota who was murdered by a police officer on May 25. Ms. Hua was responding directly to a tweet by Morgan Ortagus, the State Department spokesperson under Mike Pompeo.
“This is a pivotal moment for the world. It will go down in history. Freedom loving people around the world must stand with the rule of law and hold to account the Chinese Communist Party, which has flagrantly broken its promises to the people of Hong Kong,” said Ortagus via a tweet on May 30 at 7:45 am. This is the tweet that Hua Chunying responded to directly.
Ms. Hua has since retweeted reports from RT that call out the United States for “thugs and heroes hypocrisy.”
Ms. Hua likewise commented on the United States rhetoric regarding Hong Kong security laws.
“Some #US politician clamored that the national security legislation for #HKSAR breached the Joint Declaration and China may “take over” Hong Kong. Ridiculous. Hong Kong is part of China. Could someone be accused of taking over his own hand?” said Hua via a tweet that posted at 5:54am on May 29.
China appears to politically weaponize the convenience of the U.S. riots as President Trump threatens to revoke all of Hong Kong’s special trade privileges over recent national security legislation. Any action Trump may intend to take regarding U.S.-Hong Kong trade relations appear to have been delayed by his security status. Mr. Trump was moved to a White House bunker for a period of time over the weekend, as riots surmounted circumferencing the White House campus area. This is citing the Associated Press.
Seeming to also take advantage of the situation, the Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran Javad Zarif tweeted regarding Black Lives Matter and a world against racism. Along with this tweet, Mr. Zarif shared an image of a letter that had previously been sent to the Islamic Republic but with words changed to reflect back upon the United States. The title of the original letter began “Recent Protests in Iran,” and was sent from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to the Islamic Republic. Zarif crossed the initial title out and edited in “Recent Protests in the United States.” The letter then goes on to replace all mentions of Iran with the mirror behaviors in the United States. He also edited out “Mike Pompeo” and edited in his own name as the sender.
Mr. Zarif’s reflexive mockery post was met with harsh criticism of human rights infractions in Iran.