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    Viewers of US President Donald Trump’s news conference began live tweeting their confusion Tuesday evening once the president began to veer off-course from announcing a new policy and appeared to enter into rally mode.

    Trump announced Tuesday that he had signed the Autonomy Act, which sanctions Chinese officials related to the new national security law in Hong Kong, to “hold China accountable for its repressive actions.”

    "Hong Kong will now be treated the same as mainland China. No special privileges, no special economic treatment and no export of sensitive technologies,” he declared.

    However, he did not stick to solely that topic for long, and soon went into bashing his current political rival: former Vice President and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

    “Joe Biden and President Obama freely allowed China to pillage our factories, plunder our communities and steal our most precious secrets,” he said.

    “Where is Hunter?” Trump asked rhetorically, referring to Hunter Biden, the son of his political foe and a former board member at Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian natural gas company.

    “You all know about Burisma, but nothing happens,” he argued.

    CNN, MSNBC and other stations then pulled their broadcasts of the US president’s news conference.

    Tuesday was an eventful day for the US president, who scolded CBS News senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge during an interview that same day.

    At one point, Herridge asked, “Why are African Americans still dying at the hands of law enforcement?” Trump shied away from the question and declared, “So are white people.”

    “So are white people,” he repeated. “What a terrible question to ask. So are white people … More white people, by the way. More white people.”

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