WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Rick Scott released the following statement on China’s response to the ongoing protests in Hong Kong.

Senator Rick Scott said, “China is not our friend – that much is clear. They do not support freedom or the rights of individuals. Right now, China is attempting to put an end to the prosperity and remaining political freedom of Hong Kong. But China’s efforts to silence opposition and dissent won’t be tolerated. American taxpayers cannot continue to support China’s aggression, and must start supporting American businesses over Chinese products. This is about protecting human rights.

The United States, and all the freedom-loving nations around the world, must stand ready to swiftly move to defend freedom if China escalates the conflict in Hong Kong.”