Trump: I don’t think using the phrase ‘Chinese virus’ creates a stigma
President Trump said Tuesday that he doesn’t think using the phrase “Chinese virus” creates a stigma.
A reporter asked Trump during a Tuesday press briefing addressing the coronavirus outbreak about the criticism he has received about using the phrase “Chinese virus” to describe the coronavirus.
The president pushed back on the question, saying that “China was putting out information, which was false, that our military gave this to them.”
“That was false,” he said. “And rather than having an argument, I said I have to call it where it came from. It did come from China so I think it’s a very accurate term.”
A reporter asked a follow-up question about whether using the phrase “Chinese virus” creates a stigma.
“No, I don’t think so,” Trump responded. “I think saying that our military gave it to them creates a stigma.”
“It did come from China, so I think it’s a very accurate term.”
President Trump said he used the term “Chinese virus” because he didn’t appreciate China saying the U.S. military gave the coronavirus to China pic.twitter.com/oTDuYbw6Pq
— QuickTake by Bloomberg (@QuickTake) March 17, 2020
Trump was referring to a Chinese government spokesman promoting a conspiracy theory last week that the U.S. Army brought the coronavirus to the country.
Several other Republican leaders, including Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), have referred to the coronavirus as the “Wuhan virus” or the “Chinese coronavirus.”
Trump has also referred to the coronavirus as the “Chinese Virus” in past tweets.
Cuomo wants “all states to be treated the same.” But all states aren’t the same. Some are being hit hard by the Chinese Virus, some are being hit practically not at all. New York is a very big “hotspot”, West Virginia has, thus far, zero cases. Andrew, keep politics out of it….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2020
The United States will be powerfully supporting those industries, like Airlines and others, that are particularly affected by the Chinese Virus. We will be stronger than ever before!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 16, 2020
The World Health Organization (WHO) has requested people stop calling the coronavirus the “Wuhan virus,” with WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus saying the use of the term is “painful to see” and “more dangerous than the virus itself.”
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) March 2, 2020
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield chimed in last week, calling it “wrong” to label the virus as the “Chinese coronavirus.”
Asian American leaders and representatives, including Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.), have called out Republican lawmakers for using the phrases in question, with Meng calling it “embarrassing, disrespectful, offensive, and downright disgusting.”
The leaders of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Native American Caucus and the Congressional Progressive Caucus have requested McCarthy and Gosar apologize.