Obama said Trump's use of term 'kung flu' 'shocks and pisses me off': report

Former President Obama reportedly issued his strongest response yet to his successor's referring to the coronavirus as the "kung flu" during a recent virtual appearance, telling supporters that such sentiments are completely inappropriate coming from a U.S. president.

In an invite-only fundraiser held last week for former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDonald Trump Jr. to self-publish book 'Liberal Privilege' before GOP convention Tom Price: Here's how we can obtain more affordable care The Memo: Democrats feel rising tide in Florida MORE's presidential bid, Obama rejected President Trump's use of the term during a youth rally in Arizona, according to The New York Times.

“I don’t want a country in which the president of the United States is actively trying to promote anti-Asian sentiment and thinks it’s funny. I don’t want that. That still shocks and pisses me off,” Obama reportedly said.

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White House officials including Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwaySources say DeSantis undercutting fundraising for Republican National Convention because of personal dispute: report Democrats see victory in Trump culture war Kellyanne Conway on Trump niece's book: 'I believe family matters should be family matters' MORE defended Trump's use of the term last week after his rally, claiming that he was not trying to spread anti-Asian sentiment and instead was merely making a point about the virus's origin, which is believed to be China's Wuhan province.

"My reaction is that the president has made very clear that he wants everybody to understand, and I think many Americans do understand, that the virus originated in China," Conway told reporters.

In March, Conway had described the same term as "highly offensive" and demanded the name of a journalist who had used the phrase to describe the coronavirus.

"That’s highly offensive, so you should tell us all who it is," Conway told a CBS reporter at the time.

Advocates have warned that rhetoric from Trump and other officials blaming China for the disease's spread has lead to a rise in harassment and mistreatment of Asian Americans.