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Trump national security adviser slams China over ouster of pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong

Trump national security adviser slams China over ouster of pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong
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White House national security adviser Robert O'BrienRobert O'BrienO'Brien announces delivery of missiles, bombs to Philippines Huawei threat 'No. 1 concern' moving forward, Trump national security adviser says China, 14 other Asian nations sign regional trade deal MORE on Wednesday criticized China over the ouster of opposition leaders in Hong Kong and raised the specter of additional sanctions.

China earlier Wednesday passed a resolution saying any lawmaker supporting Hong Kong's independence or threatening national security should be disqualified, leading to the dismissal of four Hong Kong legislators.

"Beijing's recent actions disqualifying pro-democracy legislators from Hong Kong's Legislative Council leave no doubt that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has flagrantly violated its international commitments under the Sino-British Joint Declaration and its promises to the people of Hong Kong, including those under the Basic Law," O'Brien said in a statement.

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O'Brien called the mantra of "one country, two systems" a "fig leaf covering for the CCP's expanding one-party dictatorship in Hong Kong," and he pledged the U.S. would use sanctions and other tools to respond.

The Trump administration has long been watchful of the situation in Hong Kong, where Beijing has clamped down on pro-democracy protesters and lawmakers, alarming human rights groups.

But O'Brien's latest statement may carry less weight as President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump alludes to possible 2024 run in White House remarks Trump threatens to veto defense bill over tech liability shield Tiger King's attorney believes they're close to getting pardon from Trump MORE and many of his allies sow doubt about the outcome of last week's presidential election. Networks have projected Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump alludes to possible 2024 run in White House remarks Tiger King's attorney believes they're close to getting pardon from Trump Cruz urges Supreme Court to take up Pennsylvania election challenge MORE as the president-elect, but Trump has refused to concede, instead spreading unsubstantiated claims that widespread voter fraud cost him the election.

State election officials have insisted there is no evidence of fraud on a scale that would affect the election, and the Trump campaign has failed to provide concrete evidence of widespread malfeasance.

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoSchumer meets with Biden national security picks To promote human rights and democracy, Biden should start with China The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - GOP angst in Georgia; confirmation fight looms MORE on Tuesday said he looked forward to a "smooth transition to a second Trump administration," then dismissed a question about whether that language undermines calls for democracy elsewhere as "ridiculous."