Trump president on Saturday inflamed with indignation after the call of the coronavirus “kung flu” during his return to rally in the city of Tulsa, while affirming that he ordered his administration to slow the tests for the disease .
Trump has said he has asked his administration to slow down coronavirus testing because too many COVID-19 cases are turned to robust testing.
But the White House later told reporters that the president was joking.
Trump tells supporters of his rally campaign that the United States has tested 25 million people, far more than any other country.
The “bad part,” Trump says, is the test leads to more cases of the virus being recorded.
President Trump on Saturday told his supporters in Tulsa, Oklahoma, that he ordered his administration to slow the pace of coronavirus testing
To date, more than 121,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 and more than $ 2.1 million have been infected. The image above shows Kim Desmond (left) getting buffered for coronavirus at a test site in Denver on Saturday
“When you test this measure, you’re going to find more people, you’re going to find more cases,” Trump said.
‘So I said to my people,” Slow down the test, please. “
“They test, and they test”.
Trump chose to hold his first rally in 110 days, despite local health concerns that it could lead to the spread of the virus in Tulsa.
Most of those present refused to wear a mask.
The number of new confirmed cases a day increased from about 21,400 two weeks ago to 23,200, according to analysis by the Associated Press.
And in Florida, Georgia, Texas and Arizona – states that loosened their stay-at-home restrictions on early daily deaths have been quietly on the rise since the start of June.
The increase in the number of cases can be partly explained by the greater availability of tests. Mild cases, not previously detected due to limits that could be tested, are now shown in the figures.
Trump’s Democrat opponent Joe Biden’s campaign released a statement on Saturday blasting the president to say his administration slowed the test.
“In an outrageous moment that will be remembered long after this debacle of a rally, President of Trump admitted that he is putting the future policy of security and economic well-being of the American population – even as we just recorded the largest number of new COVID-19 cases in almost two months and 20 million workers staying out of work, campaign director Kate Bedingfield said.
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Trump sparked outrage on social media when he spoke of the coronavirus as ‘kung flu”
‘Trump’s catastrophic mismanagement of our country in response to the worst public health crisis in over 100 years, began by ignoring the countless warnings of his own officials and selling us to the Chinese government for a trough on the trade and that mismanagement continues to this day, it continues to put its own political interests first, while many members see the spikes in deadly infections. ‘
She added, “To hear him say tonight that he ordered slow-motion tests – a slide to try to make the numbers look better – is appalling.”
The president also ignited outrage when referring to the coronavirus as ‘kung flu.’
“It has more names than any disease in history,” the president said thousands of his supporters inside the BOK Center on Saturday.
“I can name kung flu.” I can name the 19 different versions of names. “
“Kung flu” is a play on words that combines “kung fu” – Chinese martial art – and the word “flu.”
The coronavirus, which is believed to have originated in Wuhan, China, has been referred to by the president as the “Wuhan virus” or the “Chinese virus”.
The linkage of the virus, which has caused a pandemic that has claimed the lives of more than 121,000 Americans, from China has led to a slight increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans in recent months.
The president has defended his management of the pandemic, although his administration has been blamed for his response to the virus that has infected more than 2 million US dollars.
In March, the president denied that the use of the term “Wuhan virus” or “Chinese virus was racist.
It’s “not racist at all,” Trump told reporters in March.
“He comes from China. I want to be faithful ”.
The overriding reaction, Saturday’s comments were fierce, as Twitter users assaulted the president for racist comments.
Jennifer Taub tweeted: out Trump is a pig racist. He just called Covid-19 “Kung of the Flu”. ’
An organization called Voters Republican Against Trump tweeted: “Enough of this racist bile. Enough.
Pierre Rosenberg tweeted, “Yo, this man just said” Kung Flu “to describe Coronavirus … he’s baffled because this rally is empty.”
Rabia O’Chaudry tweeted, “He just said Kung about the flu. So it’s disgusting effing. “
Santiago Mayer tweeted: ‘Whenever the President calls him“ Kung Flu ”it is to demean the nearly 120,000 Americans who have died from Coronavirus.
‘What he does is not only presidential, but it lacks basic human dignity and humility.
“F *** from him.”
Another Twitter user wrote, “No Kung Flu … we have to get 45.”
On March 17, Weijia Jiang, a White House correspondent for CBS News, reported that a White House official referred to coronavirus as “kung flu” right in his face.
“This morning, a White House official referred to #Coronavirus as the” Kung-Flu “in my face,” Jiang tweeted.
‘I wonder what they call it behind my back.’
The next day, Kellyanne Conway, one of the main trump cards for aid, said reports that a White House official used the term “kung flu” was “very offensive.”
“I would like to know who they are,” Conway said when asked to comment on the remark.
“But wait, you can’t just say that and not name them. Tell us who it was.
‘They come here and tell us who he was.’
p class=”mol-para-with-font”>Conway refused to condemn the White House official, even though she said “of course, it’s bad.”
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