“It is very important that we totally protect our Asian American community in the United States, and all around the world,” Trump tweeted Monday evening. “They are amazing people, and the spreading of the Virus (…) is NOT their fault in any way, shape, or form. They are working closely with us to get rid of it. WE WILL PREVAIL TOGETHER!”
Last week, Trump claimed that he was using the term because China tried to blame the virus on US soldiers.
“Because it comes from China. It’s not racist at all, no, not at all. It comes from China, that’s why. I want to be accurate,” Trump said at the time.
Pressed again, he said: “I have great love for all of the people from our country, but as you know China tried to say at one point … that it was caused by American soldiers. That can’t happen. It’s not gonna happen, not as long as I’m President. It comes from China.”
He also denied that it was a racist term to use.