US President Donald Trump believes that China is responsible for the unfold of lethal coronavirus that has killed greater than 4.56 lakh individuals globally and over 1.22 lakh within the US, his spokesperson has mentioned.
“The president never regrets putting the onus back on China — pointing out that China is responsible for this and, in the process, standing up for US troops who are being blamed by China in a campaign of misinformation,” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany instructed reporters at a information convention on Monday.
She was responding to a sequence of questions on using time period “Kung flu” by Trump throughout his Tulsa rally final week, which many consider as a racist remark.
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Asked why Trump used the phrase, she mentioned: “The president doesn’t (use racist phrases). What the president does do is point to the fact that the origin of the virus is China.”
“It’s a fair thing to point out as China tries to ridiculously rewrite history, ridiculously blame the coronavirus on American soldiers. This is what China is trying to do. And President Trump is saying, ‘No, China, I will label this virus for its place of origin’,” she mentioned.
Using such a phrase, she asserted just isn’t about Asian-Americans however Trump “linking the virus to its place of origin.”
“It’s important that we totally protect our Asian (American) community in the US and all around the world. They’re amazing people, and the spreading of the virus is not their fault in any way, shape, or form. They’re working closely with us to get rid of it. We will prevail together. It’s very important,” she mentioned, quoting Trump.
“So, it’s not a discussion about Asian-Americans, who the president values and prizes as citizens of this great country; it is an indictment of China for letting this virus get here,” she mentioned.
McEnany additionally identified that the media blames Trump for utilizing the phrases “China virus” and “Wuhan virus,” once they themselves have used these very phrases.
“The New York Times called it the ‘Chinese coronavirus’, Reuters, the ‘Chinese virus’, CNN, the ‘Chinese coronavirus’ on January 20, Washington Post on January 21 called it ‘Chinese coronavirus’ and I have more than a dozen other examples,” she mentioned.
McEnany alleged that the media is attempting to play video games with the terminology of this virus, the place the main target must be on the truth that China let this out of their nation. “The same phrase that the media roundly now condemns has been used by the media. I can give more examples and we can go on and on and on. So, while the media wants to focus on nomenclature, the president is going to focus on action,” she mentioned.