Donald Trump again calls coronavirus the ‘Chinese Virus’ after China warned him to ‘correct the mistake’ – The Sun

DONALD Trump has dubbed coronavirus the "Chinese Virus" again despite China's warning to "correct the mistake."

The president came under fire from Chinese officials yesterday after he appeared to blame China for the COVID-19 outbreak, which originated in the city of Wuhan.

Beijing demanded the US "immediately correct its mistake and stop making unwarranted accusations on China," on Tuesday but Trump used the phrase again today.

He said he referred to the deadly disease as a "Chinese Virus" after officials there claimed the US military started coronavirus as a US biological weapon.

This morning, Trump tweeted: "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!"

"I will be having a news conference today to discuss very important news from the FDA concerning the Chinese Virus!" he wrote, moments later.

Yesterday, he said he was responding to Chinese officials who suggest coronavirus could have manfactured the disease, echoing the unfounded claim made by Iran.

"Rather than having an argument, I said, I have to call it where it came from. It did come from China," Trump said on Tuesday afternoon.


The president said "everything was really hunky-dory" with the US economy before rumors of a deadly virus became very real.

Geng Shuang, a spokesperson from China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told reporters "certain American politicians" were stigmatizing China by linking it to COVID-19.

Chinese state news agency Xinhua said Shuang was referring to the president on Tuesday even though he didn't name him in the briefing.

"We express strong indignation and resolute opposition to this," Shuang declared.

"The urgent task for the international community is to respond with aggressive and concerted efforts.

"The US should get its domestic issues handled first, and make constructive efforts in international cooperation to safeguard global public health security."

Like Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blasted this as "fake news" and said China was trying to "shift blame".

Pompeo emphasized "this is not the time to spread disinformation and outlandish rumors, but rather a time for all nations to come together to fight this common threat."

Chinese ambassador Cui Tiankai was summoned to the White House hours after Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijan said "it might be US army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan" on Twitter.

An anonymous State Department official revealed the Chinese ambassador was summoned "with regard to what the Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said over COVID-19."


But in a press release, Shuang said WHO and the international community "oppose intentional linkage of the virus and specific countries or regions, which is a form of stigmatization."

Trump previously used the phrase when he was tweeting about states being "hit hard by the Chinese Virus, some are being hit practically not at all."

On Tuesday, CBS reporter Weijia Jiang also claimed "this morning a White House official referred to #Coronavirus as the 'Kung-Flu' to my face."

"Makes me wonder what they’re calling it behind my back," she added. 

Trump's tweet read: "The United States will be powerfully supporting those industries, like Airlines and others, that are particularly affected by the Chinese Virus. We will be stronger than ever before!"

The president has frequently attacked China and initiated a trade war that pushed up tariffs on household goods like washing machines.

China has warned the US not to engage in "slander and smear" over their handling of the outbreak.

Trump warned the virus which reportedly emerged from a meat market in the Chinese province of Hubei could tip the US into recession.

He described it as "an invisible enemy" that nobody thought about a month ago, telling reporters "rhis one's a bad one."

Trump said that disruption from the pandemic could last until July or August, leading to speculation it could interfere with his campaign for re-election in November.

Trump's press conference was held at the end of a day that saw US stock markets continue to slide.

The Dow Jones fell almost 3,000 points, or nearly 13 per cent, on Monday in its worst day since 1987.


The S&P 500 dropped by more than eight percent on the opening bell, triggering a 15-minute suspension of trading.

Asked about the falls, the president said: "The best thing I can do for the stock market is we can get through this crisis."

The coronavirus has now spread to all 50 states after West Virigina confirmed its first case of the deadly virus yesterday.

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