President Trump encourages Chinese President Xi Jinping to meet with the Hong Kong protesters amid the ongoing civil unrest surrounding the push for democracy.
The president issued that suggestion on twitter Thursday saying, “If President Xi would meet directly and personally with the protesters, there would be a happy and enlightened ending to the Hong Kong problem. I have no doubt!”
His tweet comes just hours after reports surfaced suggesting the Chinese military began to gather near Shenzhen to carry out military drills.
The Hong Kong International Airport reopened on Wednesday after being closed for two days as protestors swarmed the main terminal prompting hundreds of flight cancellations.
The demonstrations began as peaceful protests and eventually evolved into violent clashes with police, who were dressed in riot gear.
Officials were forced to clean blood, trash, and other remnants of the Tuesday night clashes before flights resumed on Wednesday.
Chinese officials were quick to denounce the protests citing the demonstrations as nearing a form of terrorism.
This comes about one week after the State Department issued a level two travel advisory for Hong Kong citing massive civil unrest as violent political clashes and demonstrations continue to plague the area.
The advisory suggested those traveling to Hong Kong should avoid the protests and exercise caution during the visit.
Protests have been ongoing within Hong Kong for weeks and erupted back in June over controversy surrounding an extradition bill.
Protestors have taken to the streets for weeks worried about potential unfair treatment and even torture if criminals are extradited to China.
The protests have called for the resignation of Chief Executive Carrie Lam and probes looking into alleged police brutality amid the civil unrest.