HOUSTON – Sen. Marco Rubio, (R-Fla.) is calling the Houston’s Consulate General of China a “central node” of a “vast network of spies.”
His tweet Wednesday morning comes after Houston police and fire officials responded to reports that documents were being burned in the courtyard of the Consulate General of China in Houston Tuesday night, according to the Houston Police Department.
The situation is again drawing the eyes of the world to H-Town. In addition to Rubio’s tweet, here are some of the things we’re seeing on social media Wednesday morning about the incident:
#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.— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 22, 2020
This needed to happen.
The US has demanded the Chinese Consulate General in #Houston to close & its staff to leave the US within 72 hours. #China has called this "unprecedented escalation". With a hostile policy towards China from the top, things can spiral out of control quickly. Restrains plz.— LIU Xin (@thepointwithlx) July 22, 2020
#China consulate shutdown:— Jonah Blank (@JonahBlank) July 22, 2020
-Only legitimate rationale for such an order would be activities inconsistent with diplomatic status (ie, #espionage). #Houston seems a strange site-- unless it's energy-related.
-Burning documents? They don't have a shredder? https://t.co/327pLqi5bx
The US asked China to close Consulate General in Houston in 72 hours. This is a crazy move.— Hu Xijin 胡锡进 (@HuXijin_GT) July 22, 2020
Senator Rubio taking the lead on why #China’s consulate in #Houston needed to close. Details have been limited as to why the US government targeted this consulate and why they felt its closure needed to happen now. https://t.co/ipe0ibuIXB— Alexander Parini (@AlexParini) July 22, 2020