“Saying the real reasons outright now could cause market panic.”
You don’t have a problem with the President fabricating a story so as to avoid (probably temporary) turbulence in the financial markets?
Not when the stakes if SHTF are really high if China goes ape on HK in the next 3 months, and tens of thousands die and HK burns to the ground in full view of the planet.
Most people are not following this like they should, and will be stunned at the climax and blindsided by the fallout. They will then take that unease right to the economy.