Newsweek - White House trade adviser Peter Navarro on Monday said the American people are growing tired of the politics surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.
Navarro appeared on Fox News Monday morning to discuss vaccine development efforts for the virus, which he repeatedly called “the China virus.” Navarro defended President Donald Trump when he was asked if the initial October target date of Trump’s “Operation Warp Speed” vaccine development project was designed to deliver results right before the presidential election.
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Trump also uses the phrase “China virus” in discussing COVID-19 as a reference to the country in which the virus was first reported. The president has also referred to it as “the Chinese virus” and “the kung flu” during news conferences and at campaign events. The phrasing has been condemned as racist by organizations like the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), which alleged the president’s use of the terms contributed to an uptick in violence targeting Asian Americans.
“When President Trump cites the ‘Chinese virus’ as the source of the current health and economic crisis, he encourages harassment and violence against Asian Americans across the nation,” the AALDEF said in a statement after Trump began using the phrases in March. . .