Trump Call to 'Protect Asian Americans' Criticized

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

President Trump says businesses will receive monetary support from the federal government and commends Americans' courage to stand united against the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump emphasized his comments in a Twitter thread on Monday.

Trump has drawn significant backlash for repeatedly using the term "Chinese virus" in social media messaging and during news conferences, with experts and the public saying it perpetuates the racist association between the illness and those of Asian descent.

When asked by a reporter why he had spoken out, Trump said: "It seems that there could be a little bit of nasty language toward the Asian Americans in our country and I don't like that at all".

Trump's call to "protect" these Americans comes less than a week after he defended his use of the terms "China virus" and "Chinese virus" to describe Covid-19 - which originated in Wuhan, China.

The Trump administration axed a key China-based CDC health staffer last summer, several months before the coronavirus outbreak began there.

Pressed again, he said: "I have great love for all of the people from our country, but as you know China tried to say at one point. that it was caused by American soldiers".

He has insisted that it is "a very accurate term" because he has to call the virus from "where it came from", shrugging off criticism that the phrase creates a stigma.

At the same time, Trump and his administration have angrily rejected attempts by some Chinese officials to blame the virus on the USA military.

Last night American president Donald Trump spoke about the new circumstances United States of America and the rest of the world are facing.

"It's dismaying to witness state officials - including the president of the United States - adopting alternative names for the COVID-19 coronavirus", Achiume said in a statement released Monday.

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