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Trump says closing more Chinese consulates in U.S. 'always possible'

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to address a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) task force news briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 22, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Wednesday it was “always possible” he would order the closure of more Chinese consulates in the United States in the wake of the State Department’s order to close Beijing’s consulate in Houston.

Trump, at a White House news conference, noted that a fire was spotted on the Houston consulate’s grounds after the State Department ordered the closure in 72 hours. “I guess they were burning documents and burning papers,” he said.

Reporting by Jeff Mason and Steve Holland; Editing by Sandra Maler