The move came just days before Stone was to begin serving a 40-month prison sentence for lying to the US Congress, witness-tampering and obstructing the House investigation into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the officials who were targeted were "responsible for, or complicit in, undermining Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy," which Beijing promised before regaining control of the territory in 1997.
Just as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Chinese official Yang Jiechi, Trump signed into law an act that authorises sanctions for Chinese officials involved in the detention of some one million minority Muslim Uighur ethnic group.
US prosecutors charged police officer who shot Rayshard Brooks in the back with felony murder, saying that the black man posed no threat when he was gunned down.
Anti-racism protests continue in the US as statues, monuments and buildings of US historical leaders who carried out policies viewed as racist are being removed, following last month's police killing of unarmed black man George Floyd.
Under pressure after weeks of protests, Democrat lawmakers hope to remove protections for police officers accused of misconduct and make it harder to justify the use of force.
Both the US Senate and House efforts are expected to include changes to police accountability laws, such as revising immunity provisions, and creating a database of police use-of-force incidents.
The pandemic has caused even greater polarisation in the US and is turning out to be a defining period for Trump's future.
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Democrats in Congress immediately cried foul, with the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee suggesting that Steve Linick was fired in part in retaliation for opening an unspecified investigation into Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
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