US President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended calling the coronavirus as “Chinese Virus” and said that it was a very accurate term.
For the past many days, the US and China have fought over the origin of coronavirus with a Chinese official claiming it was brought to China by the US army and Beijing accusing American officials of stigmatizing an entire nation. But the US rejected the false narrative of China that the US military did this.
“Well, China was putting out information which was false that our military did this to them. That was false. And rather than having an argument, I said I had to call it where it came from. It did come from China,” the President told reporters at a White House news conference.
“So I think it’s a very accurate term. I didn’t appreciate the fact that China was saying that our military gave it to them. Our military did not give it to anybody,” Trump said. Later, Trump continued his meeting with CEOs of the hotel and tourism industry by using the term “China Virus”. Trump refuted the notion that his using of the phrase created a stigma against the Chinese. “I don’t think so. I think saying that our military did to them creates a stigma,” he asserted.
He replied in the negative when asked about disruption in the supply chain given that many precursors for pharmaceuticals come from China.
“No, I don’t see that at all and I think China has every incentive to make sure that things work well. China wants to make sure that things work very well,” Trump said.