Los Angeles, March 20: US President Donald Trump has attracted the ire of Vietnam-born American actress Lana Condor for terming the COVID-19 pandemic the "Chinese virus" during a White House press conference.
The actress took to Twitter to tell him he should be ‘ashamed’ of himself for encouraging xenophobia against Asians. Taking to Twitter, she said: You have no idea the ramifications your racist words and actions have on the Asian-American community,’ she started. ‘You simply cannot even fathom the danger you are putting our community in. How dare you. You should be ashamed of yourself. You call yourself a leader? You know what leaders do?
“You call yourself a leader? You know what leaders do? They LEAD by setting good examples and ACTION. Something we've yet to see you do. You need to take notes on Chinese billionaire Jack Ma, who is ACTUALLY leading -- by donating tests and millions of masks to America, bc (because) you haven't. Please. Be better. So we aren't afraid to leave our house in fear someone will verbally or physically abuse us because of your xenophobia," she asked.
Donald Trump has been associating the virus with specifically Chinese people, tweeting: ‘I always treated the Chinese Virus very seriously, and have done a very good job from the beginning, including my very early decision to close the “borders” from China – against the wishes of almost all.
Lana Condor, along with many others, condemned him for his ‘Chinese virus’ and ‘kung flu’ comments.
The President was challenged on his choice of words by media representatives, who pointed out many Asians have been attacked over the health crisis, but Trump insisted his phrase was correct as the virus began in China, some reports say.
The 22-year-old actress was famous for her film "To All The Boys I've Loved Before". She urged Trump to choose his words more carefully.