On Tuesday alone, Trump discussed the Chinese source of virus outbreak during at least two events and denied there was any stigma attached to the label. On Wednesday, he tweeted at Americans who are facing economic hardship caused by the pandemic that “the onslaught of the Chinese Virus is not your fault.”
At a State Department news conference, Pompeo referred six times to the virus as the “Wuhan virus” and suggested the Chinese are attempting to distract the world from the shortcomings of its initial response by highlighting its tough measures that have helped contain the outbreak. Pompeo also suggested that an “after action” report would corroborate his claim, indicating that the tensions are unlikely to end when the pandemic is over.
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