Trump Replaced ‘Corona’ With ‘Chinese’ In His Briefing Notes On COVID-19

A close-up of President Donald J. Trump's notes shows where “Corona” was crossed out and replaced with "Chinese" virus as he speaks during a briefing at the White House on March 19, 2020. (Photo by Jabin Botsford... A close-up of President Donald J. Trump's notes shows where “Corona” was crossed out and replaced with "Chinese" virus as he speaks during a briefing at the White House on March 19, 2020. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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President Donald Trump had a physical reminder to refer to COVID-19, aka the coronavirus, as “the Chinese virus” in his notes for his press conference on Thursday.

A photo taken by Washington Post photographer Jabin Botsford shows that Trump or a White House staffer had crossed out “Corona” and replaced it with “Chinese” in his notes prior to the presser, during which Trump repeatedly used the phrase “Chinese virus.”

“I don’t think it’s racist at all,” he said of the term.

The President has taken to pointedly referring to COVID-19 as “the Chinese virus” in recent days, ignoring concerns that doing so stigmatizes Chinese-Americans and makes them targets for racial discrimination.

Trump denied on Wednesday that his phrasing was racist and claimed that he has “great love for all of the people from our country.” He asserted that his use of the term was a response to a Chinese diplomat claiming without evidence that U.S. soldiers had started the virus outbreak in Wuhan, China.

“It’s not gonna happen, not as long as I’m president,” Trump said. “It comes from China.”

That was the same day Dr. Mike Ryan, the executive director of the World Health Organization (WHO), warned against using that term.

“Viruses know no borders and they don’t care about your ethnicity, the color of your skin or how much money you have in the bank,” he said during a press conference. “So it’s really important we be careful in the language we use lest it lead to the profiling of individuals associated with the virus.”

In fact, WHO deliberately chose the term “COVID-19” back in February because the organization wanted a label that “did not refer to a geographical location, an animal, an individual or group of people.”

“Having a name matters to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatizing,” said WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

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  1. Just wait til the Chinese come up with the COVID-45 vaccine first, Dotard. Ya know, the country that already manufactures most of our pharmaceuticals already? And are months ahead of us in dealing with the virus, thanks to you?

    That Jina…

  2. Tiny impotent little man
    Whats with the 48 point type
    Eyes getting bad grampa?
    Syphilis does affect the vision

  3. He can’t pronounce “corona.”
    Every time, he says, “covfefe” instead.

    I wish someone would glue his lips shut.

  4. It just makes this calamity ten times worse when he insults the Chinese and pisses them off. We need their knowledge about this virus now.

  5. Only if they do his nostrils at the same time.

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