(Eng. summary below)
七月十七日，香港保安局長宣佈收到警方申請，準備將口頭主張港獨的香港民族黨定為非法社團。楊浩（Ted S. Yoho），眾議院外交事務亞太小組委員會主席，共和黨眾議員。香港時間七月十九日，自由亞洲電台RFA訪問Yoho對香港民族黨事件睇法，Yoho道：「有獨裁者的地方，而我知習近平是國家主席之類，就有人出來抵制反對派，令反對黨變成非法，事關他們無安全感，膽顫心驚；事關他們不想權力歸於香港人，只想香港人做中國人。 根據中國共產黨綱領，中國國民的作用就是為中國共產黨服務。 好似中國這樣壓制人民的國家，根本同洪森在柬埔寨的做法無異。歷史會以某種方式記住。 」
此外，美國駐港領事館發言人Darragh Paradiso七月十九日，回應民族黨事件道：「言論自由、集會自由、結社自由是美國和香港人民共同的核心價值觀，應得到有力保護。我們相信香港的繁榮安定建基於法治，包括基本法所訂明的政治言論保障和其他民主規範保障。 我們擔心任何可視為侵蝕這些保障的行為。」
Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, when asked by RFA about the Hong Kong Government’s Considering to ban the pro-independence Hong Kong National Party as an illegal society, replied, “It’s like Cambodia. Where you have dictators, and I know Xi Jinping is the President, or whatever you want to call him, then you have people that come out and start opposing the opposition and making the opposition parties illegal, because they are scared, they are insecure, because they do not want more power to the people of Hong Kong, they want them to be subjects of China. And in their Chinese Communist Party platform, the role of the people of China is to serve the Chinese Communist Party. When you get a country like China that is suppressing people, it is not different from what Hun Sen did in Cambodia. And so history will remember it one way or the other.
Yoho visited HK in October last year, and discussed with Carrie Lam, the Chief Executive of HK, about the US-HK relationship. In February this year, Yoho said he would “continue working to push back against encroachment from Beijing and to help preserve the autonomy that has allowed for Hong Kong’s success.”
Meanwhile, about the same issue, Darragh Paradiso, a spokeswoman for the US consulate in the city, remarked, “Freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, and freedom of association are core values shared by the people of the United States and Hong Kong, and should be vigorously protected. We believe that Hong Kong’s stability and prosperity are built on the rule of law, which includes protections for political speech and other democratic norms enshrined in the Basic Law. We are concerned by any actions that could be perceived to erode these protections.”