Trump Schools Reporter on Why He Says 'Chinese Virus': 'Because It Comes From China'

By Michael W. Chapman | March 18, 2020 | 1:35pm EDT
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After a reporter asked President Trump why he refers to the coronavirus as the "Chinese Virus," adding that this seems "racist," Trump replied, "Because it comes from China."

As the CDC states, the virus "was first detected in China," and the "epicenter of the outbreak" was "in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China." 

At the White House on March 17, a reporter asked the president, "Why do you keep calling this the Chinese virus? There are reports of dozens of incidents of bias against Chinese Americans in this country. Your own aide, Secretary Azar said he does not use this term because ethnicity does not cause the virus. Why do you keep using this? A lot of people say it's racist."

President Trump said, “Because it comes from China. It’s not racist at all, no, not at all. It comes from China. That’s why. It comes from China. I want to be accurate."

Shortly thereafter, Trump said, “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 said. 

See also:

Linking the Coronavirus to China is ‘Racist’?  Numerous Diseases Have Been Named For Places (Mar. 11, 2020)

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