WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Rick Scott released the following statement after receiving a letter from Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam. The letter follows Senator Scott’s trip to Hong Kong, where he met with business leaders, pro-democracy figures, and government leaders, including Chief Executive Carrie Lam, to discuss the path forward for Hong Kong amid China’s growing threat.
Senator Rick Scott said, “On my trip to Hong Kong, I met with Chief Executive Carrie Lam and establishment leaders, who are nothing more than puppets for Beijing and President Xi. Chief Executive Lam wouldn’t even answer basic questions about the rights of her people. I received a follow-up letter today from Chief Executive Lam filled with more empty words. She claims to value freedom, democracy, and Hong Kong’s partnership with the United States, but her inaction demonstrates how little she values the rights of the people of Hong Kong – even denying her citizens the right to protest peacefully. As Chief Executive Lam wrote this letter to me, a Hong Kong teenager was shot in the chest while protesting for freedom. Now, her government is considering banning people from wearing masks that are used to protect themselves from tear gas or hide their identities. Chief Executive Lam is just another pawn in Communist dictator Xi’s game of global domination. It is disappointing that Hong Kong does not have a strong leader standing for them, but the United States is committed to this fight and won’t back down.”
Read the full letter HERE.