Trump Dubs COVID-19 ‘Chinese Virus’ Despite Hate Crime Risks

Article Link: https://www.snopes.com/ap/2020/03/18/trump-dubs-covid-19-chinese-virus-despite-hate-crime-risks/

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he doesn’t think calling COVID-19 the “Chinese virus” — or the “kung-flu,” as one administration official reportedly called it — puts Asian Americans at risk of retaliation despite growing reports they are facing virus-related discrimination. Since coronavirus infections started appearing in the United States in January, Asian Americans have shared stories of minor aggression to blatant attacks from people blaming them for the pandemic, which has killed more than 130 people in the United States.