Trump brushes off ‘kung-flu’ remark and claims Asian Americans

Trump brushes off ‘kung-flu’ remark and claims Asian Americans would agree with calling it the ‘Chinese coronavirus’ President Donald Trump said he did not believe the term “kung-flu” and other discriminatory phrases would put Asian ,

Americans at risk of xenophobic attacks amid the coronavirus pandemic. “I wonder who said that,” Trump said to reporters at the White House ,On Wednesday. “You know who said that? Say the term again.” Trump said he did not believe Asian Americans would be negatively ,

Affected by the use of the phrase President Donald Trump said he did not believe the term “kung-flu” and other discriminatory phrases would put Asian Americans at risk of xenophobic attacks amid the coronavirus pandemic .

The disparaging term was privately used by a White House official to CBS News reporter Weijia Jiang, a Chinese American,

On Tuesday morning. “Makes me wonder what they’re calling it behind my back,” Jiang said in a tweet.  “I wonder who said that,” Trump said to a reporter at the White House on Wednesday.

“You know who said that? Say the term again.” After the reporter repeated the phrase, it was still not clear if Trump understood the belittling implication and the relationship it has with Asians.

Trump and numerous Republican lawmakers have described the coronavirus as the “Chinese virus,” based on the initial cases in the country. Critics — including the Chinese government — have urged them not to use the term. “No, not at all,” Trump said. “I think they’d probably would agree with it 100%. It comes from China. There’s nothing not to agree on.”

Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, testified in a congressional hearing earlier in March that he agreed it was inappropriate to describe the virus  ,

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