Jamal Khashoggi killing

Trump’s America fears for Hong Kong press freedoms: oh, the irony

    PUBLISHED : Monday, 26 November, 2018, 8:00am
    UPDATED : Monday, 26 November, 2018, 8:00am

    Isn’t it ironic that when Hong Kong has recently been derided by certain notably American and UK detractors for its so-called decreasing press freedoms, we have, from the United States in particular, the most pathetic response to the most brutal murder of a US-based reporter who apparently upset the sensibilities of his own country, Saudi Arabia?

    And while Hong Kong’s critics moan about what I feel was its totally defensible conduct in applying the law of the territory, we have in Washington the “Child-in-Chief” miserably and pathetically defending the conduct of the Saudi government (“Trump: CIA didn’t conclude Saudi prince ordered murder, it’s just a feeling”, November 23).

    Trump says he is for “America first” and American jobs, but anybody with half a brain knows the current US president only cares about himself and maybe those around him, such as members of his family who have ties to Saudi Arabia. It is disheartening that so many Americans are blind to all of this.

    The US was once a great country with principles, but those are hardly in evidence these days in the era of Trump and his divided self-serving cabal.

    Tony Singleton, Kowloon Tong