Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Donald Trump continues to taunt China by branding coronavirus ‘the Chinese virus’

Donald Trump is set to further infuriate the Chinese government after continuing to refer to coronavirus as ‘the Chinese virus.’

The President of the United States used the term three times on Wednesday morning, initially tweeting: ‘For the people that are now out of work because of the important and necessary containment policies, for instance the shutting down of hotels, bars and restaurants, money will soon be coming to you.

‘The onslaught of the Chinese Virus is not your fault! Will be stronger than ever!’

Shortly afterwards, Trump send a second tweet announcing another press conference with ‘very important news’ from the US Food and Drug Administration about ‘the Chinese virus.’ On Wednesday, he also announced the closure of the border between US and Canada on Twitter.

And shortly after that, Trump issued a third tweet defending his handling of the crisis, writing: ‘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 almost all.

‘Many lives were saved. The Fake News new narrative is disgraceful & false!’

Trump used the phrase despite the World Health Organization (WHO) officially naming the disease caused by the new strain of coronavirus Covid-19 in February.

WHO officials warned that continued use of previous names, such as ‘Chinese virus’ and ‘Wuhan flu’- named after the city where the virus first emerged – risked stigmatizing Chinese people.