Trump defends calling coronavirus the 'Chinese virus' | Coronavirus pandemic
"It is very important that we totally protect our Asian American community in the United States and all around the world. Their wonderful folks, in addition to the distributing of the Virus, isn't their fault at all, shape, or form", Trump tweeted before his daily White House Press conference. He added that China's claim that the USA military gave the virus to them creates stigma.
Incidentally, this tweet eventually comes after Trump's previous tweets which he was criticized for when he called the coronavirus "China virus" in spite of people constantly pointing out that it was racist of him to say so. Since coronavirus started in December, there has been an increase in reports of xenophobic and racist attacks against Asian Americans.
On Friday, Trump said he greatly respected China and Xi, but added it was unfortunate the coronavirus began in China and got out of control.
Trump earlier drew criticism for repeatedly labeling the pathogen a "Chinese virus".
"Reuters adds: "....as cases exploded, the Trump administration in February chastised China for censoring information about the outbreak and keeping USA experts from entering the country to help".
As stated at the White House briefing, Trump did not intend to suggest Asian Americans are working to respond to the pandemic but the Chinese doctors who have helped the World Health Organization address the outbreaks and death in other areas of the globe, likely Italy and Europe. But, as one user notes of Trump's tweet, "I am thankful for it".
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been questioning information coming from China, including the number of cases it has reported to the public.
"It's dismaying to witness state officials - including the president of the United States - adopting alternative names for the COVID-19 coronavirus", Achiume said in a statement released Monday. "It comes from China".
Trump didn't acknowledge the change nor did he apologize for using the term in the first place. I am a little upset with China.