Reporters asked President Trump on Wednesday why he continues to refer to covid-19 as the Chinese coronavirus. Trump cited a desire for accuracy.“Because it comes from China,” he said. “It’s not racist at all. Not at all. It comes from China. That’s why. I want to be accurate.”This morning a White House official referred to #Coronavirus as the “Kung-Flu” to my face. Makes me wonder what they’re calling it behind my back.— Weijia Jiang (@weijia) March 17, 2020 In the same news conference, Trump was asked to respond to a reporter’s account that a White House aide used the term “Kung flu,” and whether such language puts Asian Americans at risk.“No, not at all. Not at all,” Trump said. “I think they probably would agree with it 100 percent. It comes from China. There’s nothing not to agree.”Critics of the president and his allies say terms such as “Chinese virus” and “Wuhan virus” are inaccurate and unhelpful, because the World Health Organization refers to the pathogen as the coronavirus. While the virus is believed to have originated in the Wuhan metropolitan area of China, critics say associating it too closely with China could downplay just how prevalent coronavirus is in


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