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Iranian oil tanker nears coast of Syria as captain refuses to cooperate with delivery, sources say

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The Adrian Darya 1, the Iranian oil tanker that the U.S. has pursued for several days, is now fewer than 10 nautical miles from the shores of Syria, intelligence sources tell Fox News.

The captain of the vessel, Akhilesh Kumar, has been refusing to cooperate with a planned oil delivery and has asked to be dismissed or replaced, the sources added.

The ship, formerly known as the Grace 1, turned off its tracking systems as it sailed toward Syria on Monday afternoon.

By entering Syrian waters, the vessel was defying a commitment to the United Kingdom that allowed its release after it was detained in the Strait of Gibraltar.

The ship has been carrying 2.1 million barrels of Iranian crude oil worth around $130 million. On Friday, the Treasury Department hit the tanker and its captain with sanctions, among the latest punishments targeting Iran’s energy industry.

IRANIAN OIL TANKER SOUGHT BY U.S. TURNS OFF TRACKER

Iranian oil tankers often turn off their Automatic Tracking Systems in attempts to hide cargo.

Tensions are high in the Persian Gulf after a summer filled with attacks by Iran and Iranian proxies on Western oil tankers and infrastructure.

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The Iranians have demanded the United States ease sanctions on the Islamic Republic. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Zarif said Tuesday that Iran would break a third commitment in the 2015 nuclear deal if its European signatories — Great Britain, France and Germany — couldn’t salvage the deal by Thursday. Earlier this year, Iran surpassed the uranium enrichment and stockpile limits laid out in the agreement.

The Trump administration Tuesday afternoon imposed still more sanctions on Iran, this time targeting the country’s space agency.

Fox News’ Yonat Friling contributed to this report.

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Ted Cruz, Alyssa Milano agree to meet, discuss gun violence after Odessa shooting

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It appears that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz will meet with liberal actress Alyssa Milano to discuss gun violence after the two of them feuded on Twitter following last weekend’s deadly gun rampage in Odessa.

The clash began on Sunday. That’s when Milano responded to state Rep. Matt Shaefer’s suggestion that owning a gun is a “God-given right,” asking the Republican legislator, “Can someone cite which passage of the Bible God states it is a god-given right to own a gun?”

Cruz called it an “excellent” question and began by pointing to the “right to Life & the right to Liberty” and went on to cite a Bible verse.

CHICAGO MAYOR CLASHES WITH CRUZ OVER GUN VIOLENCE: ‘KEEP OUR NAME OUT OF YOUR MOUTH’

“The right to self-defense is recognized repeatedly in the Bible,” Cruz wrote, for example, “Exodus 22:2: ‘If a thief is caught breaking in at night & is struck a fatal blow, the defender is not guilty of bloodshed.’ (Note, though, Verse 3 says it IS murder if during daylight (ie, not self-defense).”

Pointing to the “unalienable rights” of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” within the Declaration of Independence, Cruz said it is “for that reason that the Second Amendment safeguards the right to keep and bear arms.

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“Playing politics w/ these deranged crimes — and trying to use them as an excuse to violate the constl [sic] rights of law-abiding citizens — won’t make anybody safer,” Cruz concluded in a Twitter thread. “Forcible gun confiscation (as some 2020 Dems urge) won’t prevent mass-murders. But it would weaken our self-defense.”

On Monday, Milano floated the idea of meeting with the Texas senator to discuss the “gun issue,” among other topics, noting that she would be in Washington next week.

“I’d love to come in and meet with you on the gun issue and many other issues that include life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness… We can live-stream the meeting so the American people can hear your bulls— 1st hand,” Milano wrote, adding she’d like to talk about 1 Peter 4:8, which says: “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”

Cruz accepted the offer.

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“I’d be happy to sit down & visit next week about uniting to stop gun violence & about the Constitution,” Cruz responded. “If we can have a civil & positive conversation — in the spirit of 1 Peter 4:8 as you suggest — despite our political differences, that might help resolve the discord in our Nation.”

Fox News’ Caleb Parke contributed to this report.

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Mattis slams Obama, Biden for ‘ignoring reality’ in Iraq, leading to rise of ISIS

Former Defense Secretary James Mattis, in stark terms, lambasts Barack Obama and Joe Biden for faulty leadership in his new book, and suggests their naivete and ignorance of reality contributed to the rise of ISIS in Iraq, according to excerpts reviewed by The Washington Examiner.

The book, “Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead,” co-written with Bing West, does not delve into Mattis’ discussions with President Trump. Mattis, speaking to “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday, said only that he did not have a “tense” relationship with the president.

“I try not to talk, having parted ways with the administration over matters of policy,” Mattis said. “I don’t want to talk from the cheap seats now and make their job more difficult.” Mattis resigned from the Trump administration last December after clashing with the president over the abrupt withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria and after two years of deep disagreements over America’s role in the world.

But Mattis, in his book, did open up about his tenure as head of U.S. Central Command from 2010 to 2013, and zeroed in on the Obama administration’s desire to wind down the U.S. troop presence in Iraq, no matter the cost.

Mattis wrote that Obama’s tenure “was to be a time when I would witness duty and deceit, courage and cowardice, and, ultimately, strategic frustration.”

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“In Washington, the debate swirled throughout 2011 about how many, if any, U.S. troops should remain in Iraq,” Mattis recounted. “Central Command, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs and the new defense secretary, Leon Panetta, who had replaced Bob Gates, continued to recommend to the White House retaining a residual force, as did Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.”

All of them, Mattis asserted, were “talking to the wind,” as Obama was singularly focused on living up to his public promises to end the war in Iraq. In late 2011, Obama said confidently in a speech to the nation that some 40,000 servicemen and women still in Iraq “will definitely be home for the holidays.”

The administration’s faith in Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Mattis said, was also misplaced.

“Prime Minister Maliki is highly untrustworthy, Mr. Vice President,” Mattis said he warned Biden. “He’s devious when he talks to us. … He looks at our ambassadors and military advisers as impediments to his anti-Sunni agenda. He wants to purge or marginalize Sunnis and Kurds from the government.”

“He exuded the confidence of a man whose mind was made up.”

— Former Defense Secretary James Mattis, on Joe Biden

Mattis wrote that “Vice President Biden and his assistants listened politely. But as we spoke, I sensed I was making no headway in convincing the administration officials not to support Maliki. It was like talking to people who lived in wooden houses but saw no need for a fire department. …  I found him an admirable and amiable man. But he was past the point where he was willing to entertain a ‘good idea.’ He didn’t want to hear more; he wanted our forces out of Iraq. Whatever path led there fastest, he favored.

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“He exuded the confidence of a man whose mind was made up, perhaps even indifferent to considering the consequences were he judging the situation incorrectly,” Mattis concluded.

According to Mattis, Biden countered that “Maliki wants us to stick around, because he does not see a future in Iraq otherwise. I’ll bet you my vice presidency.”

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Dec. 3, 2011: Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Baghdad, Iraq.

Afterward, Mattis said, “Iraq slipped back into escalating violence. It was like watching a car wreck in slow motion. … All of this was predicted — and preventable.”

In 2016, faced with the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS) in the Iraq power vacuum that he had once dismissed as a “junior varsity” effort, Obama sent 5,000 troops back to Iraq. ISIS’ major strongholds fell under the Trump administration, although experts warn that the group remains dangerous.

Nevertheless, Biden — who was nominally in charge of overseeing troop withdrawals from Iraq under the Obama administration — has touted his efforts in that capacity as he runs for president. “I made sure the president turned to me and said, ‘Joe, get our combat troops out of Iraq,'” Biden said in Miami in June. “I was responsible for getting 150,000 combat troops out of Iraq, and my son was one of them.”

In July, Biden claimed, “When I was vice president, the president gave me all the easy jobs, like ‘take care of getting all our troops out of Iraq,’ which we did.”

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The Washington Post’s fact-checker has noted that Biden has preferred not to mention on the campaign trail the troops’ eventual return to Iraq under his watch.

In his book, Mattis also faulted Obama’s failure to enforce his own self-imposed “red line” upon the use of chemical weapons in Syria had weakend the U.S. globally.

“Old friends in NATO and in the Pacific registered dismay and incredulity that America’s reputation had been seriously weakened as a credible security partner,” Mattis wrote. “Within 36 hours, I received a phone call from a friendly Pacific-nation diplomat. ‘Well, Jim,’ he said, ‘I guess we’re on our own with China.’”

He continued: “Over the next several years, Syria totally disintegrated into hell on earth. The consequences included an accelerated refugee flow that changed the political culture of Europe, punctuated by repeated terrorist attacks. And America today lives with the consequences of emboldened adversaries and shaken allies.”

Mattis separately recounted his own ignominious firing by Obama, after months of disagreement over military policy.

“In December 2012, I received an unauthorized phone call telling me that in an hour, the Pentagon would be announcing my relief,” Mattis said. “I was leaving a region aflame and in disarray. The lack of an integrated regional strategy had left us adrift, and our friends confused. We were offering no leadership or direction. I left my post deeply disturbed that we had shaken our friends’ confidence and created vacuums that our adversaries would exploit.”

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Speaking to “Fox & Friends,” Mattis emphasized that his book was not entirely about disagreements over geopolitics and strategy.

“It’s about leadership,” Mattis said. “It’s about allies, it’s about how do you set the vision as a leader so that all your young people, right down to the youngest 18-year-olds, feel a sense of ownership?”

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Defense secretary signs off on spending $3.6B to build 175 miles of border wall

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Defense Secretary Mark Esper has signed off on spending $3.6 billion in Defense Department construction funds for 175 miles of wall on the southern border with Mexico, Pentagon officials told Fox News on Tuesday.

Esper has been briefing congressional leaders on the plans, including what military construction projects would be affected both in the U.S. and overseas.

The moves provoked an outcry Tuesday among some Democrats.

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“Earlier today Defense Secretary Mark Esper notified me that the Department of Defense will reprogram $3.6 billion in funds appropriated for military construction and maintenance, including the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, in order to build the president’s misguided border wall,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a statement.

Others weighed in with just as much dissent.

“President Trump’s immigration efforts have failed since Day 1,” said Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I. “Today, he made it clear he is willing to take funds from our troops and disaster victims and divert them to try to protect his political right flank. And ultimately, that could put Americans at risk.”

For its part, the Trump administration has been touting progress made on the border.

“Construction continues on the border wall in Yuma, AZ,” Customs and Border Protection (CBP) tweeted over the weekend. “The process includes panel fabrication and delivery, demolition, soil conditioning and digging, trench digging, panel hoisting and installation.”

Use of the money had been frozen by lower courts while a lawsuit proceeded. Last month, however, the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for the use of about $2.5 billion.

A border wall was a keystone of the president’s 2016 election campaign, but Congress has resisted funding all of it. This year it allocated $1.4 billion, but the president wanted much more.

The administration has awarded $2.8 billion in contracts for barriers covering 247 miles, with all but 17 miles of that to replace existing barriers instead of expanding coverage.

Various forms of barriers already have existed along 654 miles — about a third — of the border.

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The construction plan came as immigrant apprehensions have fallen sharply over the past two months due to the summer heat and a clampdown in Mexico.

Tens of thousands of people have come to the U.S. over the past year. Most have been Central American families with children, turning themselves in to agents instead of trying to dodge them.

Fox News’ Mike Emanuel and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan: Feds are ‘very well prepared’ for Hurricane Dorian

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Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan told Fox News Tuesday that the federal government is ready if and when Hurricane Dorian makes landfall in America.

“Everyone is very well prepared,” McAleenan told “Shepard Smith Reporting.” They got in front of it.”

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has more than 1,600 employees in or on the way to Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

The American Red Cross has opened 170 shelters and evacuation centers. More than 13,000 people are already at those facilities. The National Guard and U.S. Coast Guard say they have readied troops to respond once the storm hits.

HURRICANE DORIAN’S PATH: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

“The president… did a full briefing… making sure we are all ready, on the same page,” McAleenan told Fox News. “He is very engaged.”

As of 5 p.m. EDT, Dorian was about 105 miles east of Vero Beach, Fla. and was moving northwest at 6 mph. A category 2 storm, Dorian packs maximum sustained winds of 110 mph with higher gusts.

According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), the Atlantic coastline north from West Palm Beach, Fla., through Georgia and across southeast Virginia was expected to get 3 to 6 inches of rain through Friday. The coast of North and South Carolina was expected to get between 5 and 10 inches of rain over the same period, with up to 15 inches in sports.

More than 2 million people along the coast in Florida, Georgia and North and South Carolina have been encouraged or ordered to evacuate. While the threat of a direct hit on Florida had all but evaporated, the core of the storm is expected to move dangerously close to the Florida and Georgia coasts Tuesday night through Wednesday night. The center of Dorian is then expected to move near or over the coast of South Carolina and North Carolina Thursday through Friday morning.

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McAleenan noted residents along the U.S. East Coast should be prepared to leave their homes if necessary and should heed evacuation orders from local officials.

“I’d like to tell them not to get complacent,” he warned. “Stay on your toes and be very wary of this storm.”

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Tulsi Gabbard says she keeps gray streak in hair to honor fallen soldiers

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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, said on Monday that she wouldn’t dye a gray streak in her hair because she wanted to keep it in remembrance of soldiers who died in Iraq.

Gabbard, who previously deployed as part of the Hawaii National Guard, said she started getting that streak during her first deployment.

“I started going gray in that one spot during and after my first deployment to Iraq,” the 2020 hopeful said during an Instagram Live broadcast.

Gabbard said that her hair helps commemorate those “who we lost there and the cost of war and why we fight so hard for peace.”

TULSI GABBARD TELLS TUCKER CARLSON A US-IRAN WAR WOULD BE ‘DEVASTATING’

She said that she wouldn’t dye the lock, apparently responding to a viewer’s comment. “I don’t know what you mean by ‘fix.’ If you mean dye, no, I’m not going to dye it,” she said.

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Gabbard recently took a two-week break from the campaign trail in August so she could attend National Guard training in Indonesia.

During an interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson in May, Gabbard warned against a war with Iran, saying, “I know where this path leads us and I’m concerned because the American people don’t seem to be prepared for how devastating and costly such a war would be.”

Gabbard has snagged some attention during the 2020 cycle over her willingness to issue sharp criticism of her own party — including one of the party’s frontrunners.

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During the second round of primary debates, Gabbard criticized Sen. Kamala Harris’ record as a prosecutor.

“There are too many examples to cite but she put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations and then laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana,” Gabbard said of the California senator.

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Tulsi Gabbard says she keeps gray streak in hair to honor fallen soldiers

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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, said on Monday that she wouldn’t dye a gray streak in her hair because she wanted to keep it in remembrance of soldiers who died in Iraq.

Gabbard, who previously deployed as part of the Hawaii National Guard, said she started getting that streak during her first deployment.

“I started going gray in that one spot during and after my first deployment to Iraq,” the 2020 hopeful said during an Instagram Live broadcast.

Gabbard said that her hair helps commemorate those “who we lost there and the cost of war and why we fight so hard for peace.”

TULSI GABBARD TELLS TUCKER CARLSON A US-IRAN WAR WOULD BE ‘DEVASTATING’

She said that she wouldn’t dye the lock, apparently responding to a viewer’s comment. “I don’t know what you mean by ‘fix.’ If you mean dye, no, I’m not going to dye it,” she said.

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Gabbard recently took a two-week break from the campaign trail in August so she could attend National Guard training in Indonesia.

During an interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson in May, Gabbard warned against a war with Iran, saying, “I know where this path leads us and I’m concerned because the American people don’t seem to be prepared for how devastating and costly such a war would be.”

Gabbard has snagged some attention during the 2020 cycle over her willingness to issue sharp criticism of her own party — including one of the party’s frontrunners.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

During the second round of primary debates, Gabbard criticized Sen. Kamala Harris’ record as a prosecutor.

“There are too many examples to cite but she put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations and then laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana,” Gabbard said of the California senator.

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Fiat 500 is being phased out in US

Fiat USA is saying farewell to the 500.

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The automaker has announced that sales of its throwback microcar will end in the U.S. when the existing 2019 model year inventory is exhausted sometime next year. That means there won’t be any 2020 versions of the 500 or battery-powered 500e.

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Just 1,692 of the coupes and convertibles were sold through June, which represents a 25 percent drop from the prior year and is a far cry from the more than 43,000 delivered in 2012, before small cars began their industrywide decline.

Volkswagen ended production of its own little set of wheels, the retro-style Beetle, this year.

Despite the drop, the 500 is currently Fiat’s best-seller, but the brand says its cancellation doesn’t mean it’s closing up shop. It will continue on with the 500X and 500L subcompact SUVs and 124 Spider sports car.

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Marco Rubio chides London mayor over Trump hurricane jab, tells him to worry about Bahamas

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan should mind his own nation’s business instead of attacking President Trump over his response to Hurricane Dorian, according to Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.

Khan’s jab at Trump was ill-timed, as the Bahamas had just been slammed by Dorian when it was rated a Category 5 storm, Rubio said Tuesday on “Your World.”

“I didn’t even hear the comment,” he said.

“It’s irrelevant to me what the mayor of a city halfway around the world thinks. Bottom line is, he should actually be expressing concern for the Bahamas — which is part of the British Commonwealth — which has been wiped out.”

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In an interview with Politico over the weekend, Khan criticized Trump for canceling his trip to Poland to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II due to the impending hurricane and instead playing golf at one of his courses.

“He’s clearly busy dealing with a hurricane out on the golf course,” Khan said.

The president later responded to Khan, calling him “incompetent” and saying former President Barack Obama would too often fly to Hawaii. The course Trump visited is about 30 miles northwest of the White House.

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“The incompetent Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, was bothered that I played a very fast round of golf yesterday. Many pols exercise for hours, or travel for weeks,” he said of the politician, who is a member of the left-wing Labour Party.

“Khan should focus on ‘knife crime,’ which is totally out of control in London… He is a terrible mayor who should stay out of our business.”

Speaking with host Neil Cavuto, Rubio said Khan should understand the Trump administration has given Florida everything it has asked for during every hurricane it has dealt with — and plans to help the Bahamas recover after the storm battered the northern part of the archipelago.

“People can say whatever they want,” he said of the president’s storm-response critics overall.

“We’ve had multiple storms under the Trump presidency. He’s never said ‘no’ to anything we have asked for.

“I think no matter who you intend to vote for… this White House has been very supportive of Florida after and before storms.”

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John Yoo: Trump is making a big mistake on Hong Kong – Here’s what he should do to support protesters

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What should the U.S. government do to respond to three months of mass protests by hundreds of thousands of demonstrators in Hong Kong desperately struggling to preserve their freedom under pressure from China?

Sit back and watch as event play themselves out? Or take an active role in helping the freedom-loving people in the former British colony?

The Trump administration is making a big mistake by taking a largely hands-off policy. It needs to get off the sidelines and support the people of Hong Kong.

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The White House often seems to take the isolationist sentiments of President John Quincy Adams as its model for foreign policy.

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Adams said in 1821: “America goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. …She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, and ambition.”

But America in 2019 is a far more powerful and globally interconnected nation than it was in 1821. “America First” should not mean turning our back on involvement around the world.

There is much more that the United States can and should be doing to aid the 7.4 million people of Hong Kong – especially as our rivalry with China escalates through the trade war now underway and with other actions.

The first thing the Trump administration must do is identify our goal. That goal should be to maintain the unique status of Hong Kong within China.

President Trump can use immigration law to his advantage and declare that we will welcome Hong Kong businesses and citizens to relocate to the United States.

Before Britain ended its colonial rule and returned Hong Kong to China in 1997, China agreed to make the city a special administrative region with a high degree of autonomy so it could maintain its own economic and governmental system under a policy known as “one country, two systems.”

Today Hong Kong stands as a shining contrast to the authoritarianism and repression of the Xi Jinping regime that rules China with an iron fist, much like West Berlin was a bastion of freedom in the middle of Communist East Germany during the Cold War.

But now China is seeking to exert more control over Hong Kong, in what seems to be an effort to gradually end the city’s special status – understandably alarming Hong Kong’s citizens.

There’s no doubt that the U.S. government would like to avoid any violence by the Hong Kong protesters, which could trigger Chinese military intervention on a scale like Tiananmen Square in June 1989. Estimates are that several thousand demonstrators were killed by Chinese troops to end protests in the square that began in April that year.

But if the violence in Hong Kong escalates, with a move by police or the military to crush the freedom demonstrations, the U.S. should respond as part of our longer-term struggle with Beijing.

An American response is needed not just because we have an interest in preserving an enclave of capitalism and individual liberty in East Asia. If China is the rising threat against us, we have an interest in drawing contrasts between the prosperity and freedom in Hong Kong and the authoritarian repression of Xi Jinping’s China.

Our options are limited. We cannot intervene militarily, just as we could not stop Soviet repression in Hungary in 1956 or Czechoslovakia in 1968.

We are limited in what additional economic sanctions we could impose on China, because the Trump administration is already inflicting heavy pressure on China for its unfair trade practices.

Washington does not have the leverage in China that it had in Asia in the 1980s, when it could use its close economic, political, and military ties to help nations such as South Korea, the Philippines, and Indonesia evolve from military dictatorships into democracies.

Nevertheless, the Trump administration has a valuable opportunity to expose the Chinese government for what it is: a brutal authoritarian dictatorship.

The United States can and must do more than issue statements calling for restraint by China from President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Our government can and must do more than encourage extensive media coverage of the protests. These things should be done, but they are just a start.

What more can we do?

President Trump can use immigration law to his advantage and declare that we will welcome Hong Kong businesses and citizens to relocate to the United States. By some estimates, Hong Kong’s per capita income would rank it around the 15th richest nation in the world. It places first in the Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom.

Hong Kong is valuable to China because it grants the mainland access to the capitalism and dynamism of the West. The United States can try to remove that advantage by encouraging the banks and companies located in Hong Kong to move.

The U.S. can welcome Hong Kong’s economic and intellectual leaders to our shores, where their liberty and freedom will be protected.

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In addition, the American government should take advantage of China’s brutality to tighten our alliances in Asia – not just with countries like South Korea and Japan, but also India, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.

Hong Kong is a preview of what could happen to those nations if they become vassals of the Chinese. They will see the contrast with American leadership, which has provided the peace and stability necessary for Asia’s incredible postwar economic growth.

Trump could even resuscitate the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is designed to exclude China from the growing Asian trading system. Asian countries will see that they cannot trust China’s word, as Beijing’s efforts to impose authoritarian rule in Hong Kong violate the agreement with Britain transferring the territory to China.

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These policies could send a message to the mainland Chinese that they are not be fated to live under repression. They can see in Hong Kong, and other places like Taiwan and Singapore, that they can flourish if they live under the right government.

The Trump administration can also send an important message to other Asian nations that they should choose to ally with the United States instead of China. If the Xi regime treats its own citizens this way, simply because they want the respect for the freedoms that they were promised, how will it treat its neighbors?

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