Trump tinawag na ‘Chinese virus’ ang COVID-19

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Sinabi ni President Donald Trump nitong Miyerkules na sa pakiwari niya ang pagtawag sa COVID-19 na “Chinese virus” — “kung-flu,” ay hindi naglalagay sa Asian Americans sa panganib ng retaliatio­n sa kabila ng pagdami ng mga ulat na nahaharap sila sa virusrelat­ed discrimina­tion.

Nang tanungin lung bakit patuloy niyang tinatawag ang coronaviru­s na “Chinese virus” kahit sinabi ng scientists na ang sakit ay walang kinililapa­mg hangganan at hindi dulot ng isang lahi, sinabi ni Trump sa reporters sa White House na hindi niya itinuturin­g ang kanyang mga pahayag bilang racist.

“It’s not racist at all,” sinabi ni Trump, idinagdsh na tinatawag niya itong “Chinese virus” dahil nais niyang maging accurate.

“China had tried to say at one point — maybe they stopped now — that it was caused by American soldiers,” diin ni Trump. “That can’t happen. It’s not going to happen, not as long as I’m president. It comes from

China.”

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