İrem UZUN -TDO- President Donald Trump tweeted Monday that people should look out for "our Asian American community." In the tweet, the president advised Americans to protect those of Asian descent "in the United States, and all around the world." He posted the message hours after he once again referred to COVID-19 as the "Chinese virus," a term he's used multiple times that some experts say has led to hateful attacks on those of Asian descent.
Asked by a reporter why he had spoken out at a White House coronavirus task force news conference, Trump said: "It seems that there could be a little bit of nasty language toward the Asian Americans in our country and I don't like that at all. "These are incredible people, they love our country and I'm not going to let it happen." Trump's call to "protect" these Americans comes less than a week after he defended his use of the terms "China virus" and "Chinese virus" to describe COVID-19 - which originated in Wuhan, China. After consulting with medical experts, and receiving guidance from the World Health Organization, CNN has determined that that name is both inaccurate and is considered stigmatizing. Last week, Trump claimed that he was using the term because China tried to blame the virus on U.S. 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.
Trump has repeatedly criticized China and its handling of the coronavirus outbreak, but he has been careful to avoid criticisms of its president, Xi Jinping. On Friday, Trump said he greatly respected China and Xi, but added it was unfortunate the coronavirus began in China and got out of control. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Beijing's delay in sharing information about the virus had created risks for people worldwide.