Moulton Calls On China To Accept Coronavirus Blame

U.S. President Donald Trump attends a press conference at the White House in Washington D.C. the United States on Feb. 29 2020

U.S. President Donald Trump attends a press conference at the White House in Washington D.C. the United States on Feb. 29 2020

"It came from China", he said.

During press conferences last week, Trump used the term "China virus" and "Chinese virus", rejecting suggestions from reporters that the term was racist, said the BBC report.

"It is very important that we totally protect our Asian American community in the United States and all around the world".

Trump's change comes one day after tweeting that the spread of the new coronavirus in the United States is not the fault of Asian Americans, a group that has been the target of an increasing number of racist and xenophobic attacks linked to the virus.

Calling the US accusations clumsy slander, Geng stressed China has kept the World Health Organization (WHO) and relevant countries and regions, including the United States, updated with its domestic epidemic situation in an open, transparent and responsible manner. I wish they would have told us three months sooner.

Singer Karen O has pleaded with America's leaders to stop calling Covid-19 the "Chinese Virus" as the label is causing anti-Asian racism.

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As stated at the White House briefing, Trump did not intend to suggest Asian Americans are working to respond to the pandemic but the Chinese doctors who have helped the World Health Organization address the outbreaks and death in other areas of the globe, likely Italy and Europe. "I want to be accurate", Trump said at the time.

Coronavirus is still spreading in the United States, which now has over 42,000 confirmed cases and 533 deaths.

Why it matters: The New York Times on Monday interviewed almost two dozen Asian Americans who said that they were afraid to leave their homes and have been yelled at or spit on in public during the coronavirus pandemic.

The president faced criticism for the term but he quickly defended his use of it, arguing that the virus comes from China, as reported on IJR.

At the time, he also tweeted, "I always treated the Chinese Virus very seriously, and have done a very good job from the beginning, including my very early decision to close the "borders" from China - against the wishes of nearly all".

Worldwide cases of the virus exceeded 410,000 on Tuesday, March 24, with more than 18,500 dying after contracting the virus.

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