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Politics Trump: Asian-Americans not responsible for virus, need protection

01:50  24 march  2020
01:50  24 march  2020 Source:   reuters.com

Trump tweets about coronavirus using term 'Chinese Virus'

  Trump tweets about coronavirus using term 'Chinese Virus' The CDC has warned against naming diseases after locations, saying it stigmatizes residents.After giving an address Monday afternoon in which he said the country may be headed toward recession and urged social distancing, he later tweeted his confidence in and support for various sectors while including the offensive remark.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump , who has been accused of racism in labeling the coronavirus pandemic the "Chinese virus ," said in tweets on Monday that Asian - Americans were not responsible for spreading the disease and needed to be protected .

US President Donald Trump - under fire for labelling Covid-19 the "Chinese virus " - has said Asian Americans should not be blamed for the outbreak. Mr Trump spoke out amid rising reports of verbal and physical attacks on the community amid the pandemic. Coronavirus is still spreading in the US

WASHINGTON, March 23 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump, who has been accused of racism in labeling the coronavirus pandemic the "Chinese virus," said in tweets on Monday that Asian-Americans were not responsible for spreading the disease and needed to be protected.

U.S. President Donald Trump looks at a reporter asking a question as he stands with Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General William Barr during the coronavirus response daily briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 23, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst © Reuters U.S. President Donald Trump looks at a reporter asking a question as he stands with Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General William Barr during the coronavirus response daily briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 23, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Earlier on Monday, the New York Times cited advocacy groups and researchers as saying there had 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.

Rep. Judy Chu says it's dangerous for Trump to call coronavirus the 'Chinese virus'

  Rep. Judy Chu says it's dangerous for Trump to call coronavirus the 'Chinese virus' The chairwoman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American caucus on Saturday said it is "dangerous" for President Donald Trump to continue referring to Covid-19 as the "Chinese virus" at a time when misinformation has led to racist and xenophobic attacks against Asian Americans or anyone in the US who looks East Asian. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); "It is dangerous for him to continue calling it the Chinese coronavirus," Rep.

President Donald Trump , accused of fueling racism by labeling the coronavirus the "Chinese virus ," tweeted Monday that the country must " protect our "They are amazing people, and the spreading of the Virus is NOT their fault in any way, shape, or form. They are working closely with us to get rid of it.

Trump has no qualms about calling coronavirus the ‘Chinese Virus .’ President Trump speaks with his coronavirus task force in response to the pandemic during a briefing at the White House But she noted that the hostile climate Asian Americans are finding themselves in these days is nothing new.

Trump last week ratcheted up his rhetoric against China over the coronavirus, saying Beijing should have acted faster to warn the world after the disease outbreak there. He also dismissed criticism that his labeling it the "Chinese virus" was racist.

He brushed aside a reporter's question on Wednesday as to whether it was potentially harmful to Asian-Americans to give the disease that name, as well for an unnamed White House official to have privately termed it the "kung flu."

On Monday, Trump tweeted: "It is very important that we totally protect our Asian American community in the United States, and all around the world.

"They are amazing people, and the spreading of the Virus.... is NOT their fault in any way, shape, or form. They are working closely with us to get rid of it. WE WILL PREVAIL TOGETHER!"

Trump again defends use of the term 'China virus'

  Trump again defends use of the term 'China virus' President Donald Trump was pressed for the second straight day on why he is calling the coronavirus the "Chinese virus," amid instances of bigotry against Asian Americans. © Evan Vucci/AP He claimed that he is using the term because China tried to blame the virus on US soldiers. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); " 'Cause it comes from China. It's not racist at all, no, not at all. It comes from China, that's why. I want to be accurate," Trump said on Wednesday.

President Donald Trump 's insistence on speaking of a "Chinese virus " has a dark historical precedent for some Asian Americans , who say his word Speaking daily on the global coronavirus pandemic, Trump has incessantly called COVID-19 the "Chinese virus ," with one photo even showing his notes

France 24 is not responsible for the content of external websites. Audience ratings certified by ACPM/OJD. President Donald Trump 's insistence on speaking of a "Chinese virus " has a dark historical precedent for some Asian Americans , who say his word choice is fueling an at times violent

Trump has repeatedly criticized China and its handling of the coronavirus outbreak, but he has been careful to avoid criticisms of its president, Xi Jinping.

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. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Beijing's delay in sharing information about the virus had created risks for people worldwide.

At the same time, Trump and his administration have angrily rejected attempts by some Chinese officials to blame the virus on the U.S. military.

The dispute is just the latest irritant in relations between the world two largest economies already strained by issues ranging from trade to press freedom.

Speaking to AXIOS and HBO over the weekend, China's ambassador to Washington appeared to distance himself from a foreign ministry spokesman who blamed the U.S. military for the virus, saying its origin was for scientists to determine, not diplomats.

Cui Tiankai said the United States and China needed to work together to combat the virus and he hoped people would follow World Health Organization rules and avoid creating a stigma by linking the virus to a particular location. (Reporting by David Brunnstrom; Editing by Tom Brown)

Trump’s new fixation on using a racist name for the coronavirus is dangerous .
The president is stoking xenophobia with his rhetoric about the coronavirus.Two days ago, President Donald Trump suddenly stopped referring to the Covid-19 coronavirus by its common name, which experts and laypeople and the president himself had been using for months, and started using a racist designation: the “Chinese virus.

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