PRESIDENT Donald Trump has insisted he's had "enough" and ordered Chinese consulate closures as United States Senator Marco Rubio gave "spies" an ultimatum to "leave or face arrest."
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addressed the closure of China's consulate in Houston during a news conference Wednesday in Copenhagen, Denmark.
According to Pompeo, President Trump has said: "Enough, we're not going to allow this to continue to happen."
Pompeo added: “We are setting out clear expectations for how the Chinese Communist Party is going to behave.
"And when they don’t, we’re going to take actions that protect the American people, protect our national security and also protect our economy and jobs.”
Witnesses saw burning papers in garbage cans on the roof of the consulate's building on Tuesday night.
Speaking at a news briefing in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin slammed move as "outrageous and unjustified."
The order to shutdown the consulate was received on Tuesday.
Rubio tweeted on Wednesday morning: "#China’s consulate in #Houston is not a diplomatic facility.
"It is the central node of the Communist Party’s vast network of spies & influence operations in the United States.
"Now that building must close & the spies have 72 hours to leave or face arrest. This needed to happen."
Speaking on Fox News about the Chinese Consulate shutdown in Houston, Texas, Rubio said the consulate was "long overdue" to close.
“So this consulate is basically a front. It’s kind of the central node of a massive spy operation – commercial espionage, defense espionage — also influence agents to try to influence Congress."
Rubio suggested that China will probably retaliate by closing one of their consulates in China – most likely in Wuhan.
"And then what will happen is – and you'll see this all the time, every country does it when your embassy or consulate is closed – they start destroying everything in there," Rubio explained.
"They have a plan of destruction."
He said if someone burns down a US embassy that the Marines are in charge of destroying documents and computers.
The United States as an embassy in Beijing, along with five consulates in China.
The consulates are located in Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Shenyang, and Wuhan – the epicenter of the global outbreak.
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