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‘It’s Not Racist At All!’: Trump Again Defends Calling COVID-19 A ‘Chinese Virus’


‘It’s Not Racist At All!’: Trump Again Defends Calling COVID-19 A ‘Chinese Virus’

President Trump on Wednesday afternoon again defended calling the coronavirus causing COVID-19 a “Chinese virus” during a White House press conference.

Trump was asked about his and his Republican allies’ persistent use of the term “Chinese virus” despite health officials saying that ethnicity does not cause the virus — and reports that dozens of incidents of bias against Chinese-Americans who have been blamed for allegedly spreading the coronavirus.

“It’s not racist at all,” Trump said when a reporter asked about the phrase creating a dangerous stigma for Chinese Americans. “No, not at all.”

“Because it comes from China,” Trump said to the reporter who asked him that question. “That’s why.”

“I want to be accurate.”

“I know where it came from,” Trump said later in the briefing when pressed again on referring to the coronavirus as a “Chinese virus.”

Trump also said that Chinese government officials originally “tried to say at one point, maybe they stopped saying now, that it was caused by American soldiers.”

“That can’t happen. It’s not going to happen. Not as long as I’m president,” Trump said. “It comes from China.”

The director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert Redfield, last week said he agreed with Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Fla., who asked him if it was “absolutely wrong and inappropriate to call this the Chinese coronavirus.”

China has strongly condemned the use of the term “Chinese virus,” calling it “a despicable practice.”

Trump has repeatedly called coronavirus the “Chinese virus” on Twitter, including in a tweet announcing his press conference Wednesday.

In another tweet Wednesday, Trump wrote, “I always treated the Chinese Virus very seriously, and have done a very good job from the beginning, including my very early decision to close the “borders” from China – against the wishes of almost all. Many lives were saved. The Fake News new narrative is disgraceful & false!”


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