Despite Video, Trump Spox Claims He Didn't Use Racial Slur To Describe COVID-19

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Megan Everts

Kayleigh McEnany, the White House Press Secretary, denied that Trump used “Kung Flu” to refer to the coronavirus.

“White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany falsely claimed on Monday that President Donald Trump has never used racist terms like ‘Kung Flu’ to describe the coronavirus pandemic,” reported Raw Story.

  • CBS correspondent Weijia Jian “noted that Trump had described himself as the least racist person in the world” prior to using this phrase at a rally in Tulsa over the weekend.
  • Jian then asked: “Why does he use racist language like Kung Flu?”

  • McEnany responded: “The president doesn’t. What the president does do is point to the fact that the origin of the virus was China. It’s a fair thing to point out.”
  • Jian noted that “Kung Flu is extremely offensive to many people in the Asian-American community,” and asked if the White House does not believe that it is a racist term.
  • McEnany replied: “To be clear, I think the media is trying to play games with the terminology of this virus, when the focus should be on the fact that China let this happen.”

Later, a different reporter asked whether the president regretted using the phrase, to which McEnany answered that “the president never regrets putting the onus on China.”

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