Published: Tue, March 24, 2020
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Coronavirus outbreak: A little upset with China, says Donald Trump

Coronavirus outbreak: A little upset with China, says Donald Trump

"For weeks, President Trump has been told by reporters, members of Congress, health experts and members of his own administration not to use the term 'Chinese virus.' And when confronted publicly, he rejected expert opinions and repeatedly doubled down on the term, defending it as appropriate and one he said Asian Americans would welcome".

President Trump on Monday evening said it is imperative that Asian Americans do not experience harassment amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

"And do you think, using the term "Chinese virus", that puts Asian-Americans at risk, that people might target them?"

US President Donald Trump says people of Asian origin should not be blamed for the spread of the coronavirus. They're working closely with us to get rid of it. "I want to be accurate", Trump said at the time.

Trump repeated his remarks at a news conference with his coronavirus task force.

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China reacted strongly when Trump first used the "Chinese virus" label in his Twitter post last week.

Some social media users, however, criticized President Trump's tweets- noting that the president has consistently referred to Covid-19 as the "Chinese Virus".

"It seems that there could be a little bit of nasty language toward the Asian-Americans in our country and I don't like that at I just wanted to make that point, because they're blaming China, and they are making statements to great American citizens that happened to be of Asian heritage, and I'm not gonna let that happen".

Over the past few days there's been a noticeable uptick in conservatives using the terms "Wuhan virus" and "Chinese virus", according to a new report from The Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab provided exclusively to Axios.

"Instead of using the internationally recognized name of the virus, these officials have adopted names with geographic references, typically referring to its emergence in China", she said.

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