Americans not responsible for Covid-19 in US

Clay Curtis
March 24, 2020

Trump has drawn significant backlash for repeatedly using the term "Chinese virus" in social media messaging and during news conferences, with experts and the public saying it perpetuates the racist association between the illness and those of Asian descent. They are working closely with us to get rid of him.

U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday he does not want to see the coronavirus pandemic fuel racism against Asian Americans, even as he faces criticism for doing just that by describing it as the "Chinese virus".

Trump reiterated the point during a news conference.

He has insisted that it is "a very accurate term" because he has to call the virus from "where it came from", shrugging off criticism that the phrase creates a stigma. "It comes from China, that's why".

USA lawmaker Judy Chu, a California Democrat and chairwoman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, told NBC News that his comments would not "be necessary if he and his supporters had not already endangered so many by spreading this toxic xenophobia".

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Last week, Trump claimed that he was using the term because China tried to blame the virus on USA soldiers.

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.

Taro Aso, the gaffe-prone Japanese deputy prime minister, called the virus "Wuhan virus" at a press conference, referring to the central Chinese city where the illness was first reported late previous year.

Raw Story reports: "The director of the Center for Disease Control, Dr. Robert Redfield, said that the unit was 'actually being augmented.' He didn't answer whether the person in the position for 30 years was let go, quit, or something else".

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