Photo of Trump’s notes shows ‘Chinese’ virus written over ‘coronavirus’
By Justine Coleman – 03/19/20 03:33 PM EDT
Jabin Botsford, a staff photographer at The Washington Post, tweeted out the photo of the president’s notes, showing the phrase “Corona Virus” was edited to say “Chinese virus.”
“Close up of President @realDonaldTrump notes is seen where he crossed out ‘Corona’ and replaced it with ‘Chinese’ Virus as he speaks with his coronavirus task force today at the White House,” Botsford posted.
The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment.
Trump has faced criticism for referring to the COVID-19 virus causing the pandemic as “the Chinese virus,” with some saying he is encouraging an anti-Asian stigma. He has repeatedly defended calling the virus the “Chinese virus,” saying, “It’s not racist at all.”
“It comes from China, that’s why,” he said during a press conference Wednesday. “I want to be accurate.”
The president appeared to hold China responsible for the administration’s delay in responding to the virus on Wednesday. “I believe they could have given us a lot earlier notice,” he said.
Trump’s health advisers, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Robert Redfield, have called it inappropriate and inaccurate to label the virus as the “Chinese virus.”
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