Published: Tue, March 24, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump says COVID-19 not Asian Americans' fault

Trump says COVID-19 not Asian Americans' fault

Trump re-echoed that sentiment Monday when he opened the coronavirus task force briefing, where he not once said the words "China virus" and "Chinese virus" to continue his past attacks on China and the Chinese. "They're working closely with us to get rid of it, and we will prevail together", he added.

When asked at the news conference what prompted his remarks, Trump said that it seems that "there could be a little bit of nasty language toward the Asian Americans in our country".

Last night American president Donald Trump spoke about the new circumstances U.S. and the rest of the world are facing.

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 comes from China", Trump had said.

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The measures also include strict limits on gatherings and even exercise - all enforced by police. The police are authorized to fine those flouting the rules, and break up gatherings.

Trump denied that the term creates stigma and told reporters at the time that the virus came from China and that he wanted to be accurate. "It comes from China".

Earlier on Monday, the New York Times cited advocacy groups and researchers as saying there has been a surge of verbal and physical assaults on Asian-Americans reported in newspapers and to tip lines as the virus has taken hold in the United States.

However, many officials warned against identifying the virus by location or ethnicity, including Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who agreed at a House hearing this month that it was "absolutely wrong and inappropriate" to use labels like "Chinese coronavirus", as the illness had expanded beyond China.

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.

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