Trump campaign launches Asian Pacific Americans coalition

Trump campaign launches Asian Pacific Americans coalition
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavis: Supreme Court decision is bad news for Trump, good news for Vance Meadows trying to root out suspected White House leakers by feeding them info: Axios Pressley hits DeVos over reopening schools: 'I wouldn't trust you to care for a house plant let alone my child' MORE’s reelection campaign launched “Asian Pacific Americans for Trump” on Friday night as it seeks to boost its appeal to Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) voters ahead of the general election.

The campaign’s newest coalition will try to mobilize AAPI voters by touting what they say are Trump’s accomplishments while in office, including what had been a strong economy before the coronavirus pandemic. 

"With the launch of this new coalition, we are broadening the President's outreach to the Asian Pacific American community and are forming connections with new voters across the country," said Lara TrumpLara Lea TrumpHillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill banning federal government use of facial recognition tech | House lawmakers roll out legislation to establish national cyber director | Top federal IT official to step down GOP lawmakers join social media app billed as alternative to Big Tech Trump campaign launches Asian Pacific Americans coalition MORE, a senior adviser to the Trump campaign. "While President Trump works to unite all Americans to Keep America Great, Joe BidenJoe BidenDavis: Supreme Court decision is bad news for Trump, good news for Vance Teachers face off against Trump on school reopenings Biden wins Puerto Rico primary MORE seeks to divide our diverse communities and undermine the values that make the United States the greatest country on earth." 

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The move is the latest effort by the campaign to reach out to voters of color. While Asian voters went for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden leads Trump in Florida, tied in Arizona and Texas: poll We haven't seen how low it can go There's a big blue wave coming MORE over Trump by a 65-27 margin in 2016, the president’s advisers hope that even marginal gains among AAPI voters and other demographics could help tilt the results in key swing states across the country. 

The campaign appears set to hinge its outreach toward AAPI voters around the president’s economic efforts while in office. 

"Throughout his time in office, President Trump has promoted the success of the Asian Pacific American community through tax cuts, regulatory reform, and protection from the coronavirus outbreak," said Treasury Secretary Elaine ChaoElaine Lan Chao40 Trump-connected lobbyists secured over B in coronavirus relief for clients: report Democratic senator will introduce bill mandating social distancing on flights after flying on packed plane Sanders calls for social distancing, masks and disinfection on planes as flights operate at full capacity MORE. "President Trump has uplifted Americans of all backgrounds through his vision to rebuild our country, and I encourage every American to work to re-elect the President in November." 

The coalition comes as the White House still plays defense on early remarks by Trump calling the coronavirus the “Chinese virus” and the “Wuhan virus” in reference to where the pandemic began, remarks that critics say were racist.