ABC News’s Cecilia Vega was the first to bring up the matter of problematic terminology.
“Why do you keep calling this the ‘Chinese virus’?” the White House correspondent asked. “There are reports of dozens of incidents of bias against Chinese Americans in this country. Your own aide, Secretary Azar, says he does not use this term. He says, ‘Ethnicity does not cause the virus.’ Why do you keep using this?”
The president responded, “Because it comes from China.”
“People say it’s racist,” Vega continued.
Trump answered, “It’s not racist at all. No. Not at all. It comes from China. That’s why.” …
And, he added, because the Chinese are busy trying to say it was caused by American soldiers visiting Wuhan. Not going to happen while Trump is President. Watch:
Let’s pause here to remember that Wednesday’s White House press briefing was intended to provide members of the news media and the general public with information on what is being done at both the state and federal level to address the COVID-19 pandemic.
The briefing was also supposed to serve as an opportunity for the public to learn more about which steps to take to reduce the risk of infection and death.
And here is the leader of the free world, up at the podium in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room, being asked to address allegations that an anonymous White House aide may or may not have used the term “Kung flu” in the presence of a CBS News reporter. …
America is in the grip of a viral pandemic that originated in China. The virus is in more than 120 countries and has killed more than 8,000 people precisely because of China’s incompetence and malicious arrogance. And two White House correspondents used their access to the leader of the free world Wednesday to waste his and everyone else’s time with inane, vapid, useless questions based on Chinese communist propaganda.
Might this have something to do with it?