Trump Defends Calling COVID-19 A ‘Chinese Virus’

March 18, 2020
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President Donald Trump held a press conference with his White House coronavirus task force Wednesday morning to discuss “very important news” from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding COVID-19. Among other things, Trump defended labeling the outbreak the “Chinese virus.”

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