Trump Says China Did Not Ask Him to Stop Calling the Coronavirus the ‘Chinese Virus’

President Donald Trump was fond of calling the coronavirus the “Chinese Virus,” but in recent days, reporters noticed he seemed to have toned down his use the label.

During his press conference on Thursday, a reporter asked Trump if China’s president had asked him to stop using the phrase.

“He never asked me, somebody might have spoke to somebody, but no spoke to me about it,” Trump said. 

“I think it was time though, you know I talk about the Chinese Virus, and I mean it — that’s where it came from,” he said, adding, “But, I don’t have to say it if they feel so strongly about it.”

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Trump had been criticized for using the term by some who argued that it could incite violence against Asian Americans. 

However, when he was pressed on whether it was racist, Trump previously defended using the term, “It’s not racist at all.”

 “I have great love for all of the people from our country, but as you know, China tried to say at one point — maybe they stopped 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. It comes from China,” he added.

On Monday, Trump tweeted that the spread of the coronavirus is not “their fault in any way.”

“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.”

Trump’s apparent shunning of the term comes after several reports said that Asian Americans have been attacked as people reportedly blamed them for the spread of the Virus. 

Published in IJR

Responses

  1. And this is worth a whole story? Those “sources” came from The New York Times, of course. Swine flu, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever? “What’s in a name? “ to quote Shakespeare.