It’s amazing to see so many in the media trying to defend the Chinese government by using talking points from their propaganda, but some are determined to attack President Donald Trump at all costs.
During a White House press briefing on Wednesday to discuss the coronavirus, the president and his team answered questions from reporters and provided updates on their efforts to combat the virus.
One notable exchange came when Trump defended calling COVID-19 the “Chinese virus” when a reporter tried to attack him for accurately noting where the disease originated from.
ABC News reporter Cecilia Vega challenged the president during the news conference.
“Why do you keep calling this the Chinese virus?” she asked, citing “dozens” of incidents of bias against Chinese Americans after the coronavirus spread.
“Why do you keep using this?” Vega continued. “A lot of people say it’s racist.”
“It’s not racist at all no, it comes from China that’s why I want to be accurate,” Trump said.
Trump said he had a “great love” for everyone in the country, but said he felt the need to be honest about the origins of the virus.
Q: "Why do you keep calling this the Chinese Virus?"
President Trump: "It comes from China…it's not racist."
— CSPAN (@cspan) March 18, 2020
The president has defended his phrasing on the virus multiple times, including at another White House press conference on Tuesday.
“I think saying that our military gave it to them creates a stigma,” Trump said.
Trump also said he is invoking the Defense Production Act in the fight against a coronavirus that’s impacted all 50 states.
The Korean War-era law gives the president broad authority to “expedite and expand the supply of resources from the U.S. industrial base to support the military, energy, space, and homeland security programs,” according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency website.
Experts say the U.S. is facing an equipment crunch for things like ventilators and masks.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper said his department is making 5 million N95 masks available to health workers, including 1 million immediately, and freeing up 2,000 ventilators from its stockpile.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced Tuesday the administration is working to get checks to Americans in two weeks to help workers cope with the economic effects of the crisis.
Trump has also decided to suspend all travel from the European Union as well as the U.K. and Ireland.
The president also declared a national emergency over the weekend.
A major report out of South Korea should also give hope to the United States during this crisis.