Trump Slammed for Tweet Celebrating China's 70th Birthday Amid Hong Kong Protests: 'December 18th is Stalin's Birthday'

President Donald Trump received widespread scorn from critics over his praise of the National Day of the People's Republic of China amid the government's ongoing conflict with Hong Kong protesters.

Trump offered congratulations to Chinese President Xi Jinping and the country at large Tuesday in a move which was ridiculed as tone deaf, or ignorant of, intensifying Hong Kong protests which saw one activist shot in the chest just hours before. While protesters called for a "national day of grief" in Hong Kong over the shooting of the 18-year-old, the U.S. president appeared unaware and in solidarity with the country's police accused of escalating violence.

"Congratulations to President Xi and the Chinese people on the 70th Anniversary of the People's Republic of China!" Trump tweeted Tuesday morning.

The Hong Kong protests are also referred to as the Anti-Extradition Law Amendment Bill Movement and were sparked in March as a way of blocking legislation proposed by the Hong Kong government which would allow the Beijing-controlled, communist government to prosecute accused criminals. The proposed legislation is known as the Fugitive Offenders amendment.

"Happy Birthday People's Republic of China??? December 18th is Stalin's birthday. Will this year's White House Christmas party be a combined birthday-holiday bash?" responded Walter Shaub, an attorney.

Liberal journalist David Corn joined dozens of members of the media who immediately pounced on the president's words of encouragement to the Chinese Communist Party he frequently ridicules during trade war talks. "Go gangster communism!!!" he responded.

October 1 is National Day in China, which marks the founding of the People's Republic, led in part by the country's first communist Chairman Mao Zedong on October 1, 1949.

"So to sum up: you support the communists authoritarians in China, not the people seeking democracy in Hong Kong. Way to promote global freedoms, bro," replied former Sacramento Bee and Dallas Morning News reporter Anita Creamer.

Hospital Authority officials in Hong Kong announced Tuesday that 51 people between the ages of 11 to 75 had been injured by law enforcement in just one day. Protesters have continued to target pro-Beijing businesses and the police's use of live ammunition has signaled a potential uptick in violence to come.

Trump's "happy birthday" wishes to China come amid several tweets and statements taking shots at Xi about the president's ongoing trade war.

"We are winning, and we will win," Trump tweeted one day ahead of celebrations in China celebrating the 70th anniversary of the country's founding. "They should not have broken the deal we had with them," he added. "Happy Birthday China!"

On the Fox Business Network Monday, author and China expert Jonathan Ward claimed China is set to "surpass [the US] as the dominant, economic and military superpower in the 21st century," perhaps prompting a bit of Trump's Monday scorn toward the communist country.

One Hong Kong protester remarked, "Mr. President, just now, CCP police shot protester by live bullet! After 30 years, this time, in HK! Don't you know that?!...President Xi's armed forced are literally shooting pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong today, dip-s--t."

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Police tackle and arrest pro-democracy protesters during clashes in Wan Chai on October 01, 2019 in Hong Kong, China. Chris McGrath/Getty Images/Getty
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