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COVID-19 EFFECT: Trump blames China for the coronavirus deaths: White House

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The residents of The United States of America have been extremely bothered by the coronavirus pandemic. The US President Donald Trump believes that China is responsible for the spread of the deadly coronavirus that has killed more than 4.56 lakh people globally and over 1.22 lakh people in the United States, said his spokesperson at the White House.

“The president never regrets putting the onus back on China — pointing out that China is responsible for this and, in the process, standing up for US troops who are being blamed by China in a campaign of misinformation,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters at a news conference on Monday.

When McEnany was asked why Trump used the phrase, she said: “The president doesn’t (use racist phrases). What the president does do is a point to the fact that the origin of the virus in China.”
“It’s a fair thing to point out as China tries to ridiculously rewrite history, ridiculously blame the coronavirus on American soldiers. This is what China is trying to do. And President Trump is saying, ‘No, China, I will label this virus for its place of origin’,” she said.

Using such a phrase, she asserted that it is not about Asian-Americans but Trump “linking the virus to its place of origin.”

“It’s important that we totally protect our Asian (American) community in the US and all around the world. They’re amazing people, and the spreading of the virus is not their fault in any way, shape, or form. They’re working closely with us to get rid of it. We will prevail together. It’s very important,” she said, quoting Trump.

She continued by saying, “So, it’s not a discussion about Asian-Americans, who the president values and prizes as citizens of this great country; it is an indictment of China for letting this virus get here.”

McEnany alleged that the media is trying to play games with the terminology of this virus, where the focus should be on the fact that China let this out of their country. “The same phrase that the media roundly now condemns has been used by the media. I can give more examples… and we can go on and on and on. So, while the media wants to focus on nomenclature, the president is going to focus on action,” she said.