Trump says coronavirus could last into summer President Trump used the term “Chinese virus” to refer to the novel coronavirus on Monday night, despite calls from global health officials to avoid labels associating the disease with a particular nation or ethnic group. Mr. Trump’s comment drew backlash online.  After a briefing about the latest guidelines for dealing with the coronavirus outbreak and the economic fallout, Mr. Trump tweeted about supporting the airline industry as travel restrictions decimate their business. He referred to the coronavirus — which scientists say originated in Wuhan, China, late last year — as the “Chinese virus.” “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!” he wrote.  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 China didn’t take his words lightly. The country’s foreign ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang, said during a daily briefing with reporters that Mr. Trump’s comment smears China and that the U.S. should first take care of its own matters, Reuters reported. 


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