An entity within the executive office of the U.S. president confirmed it is acceptable to state which country a deadly Asian disease originated from.
The White House has endorsed President Donald Trump’s decision to describe the coronavirus (CCP Virus) as the “Chinese virus” because other viral outbreaks have also adopted the names of places where those diseases came from.
“Spanish flu, West Nile virus, Zika [and] Ebola [were] all named for places,” a White House representative said on Facebook.
Even mainstream media organizations, some of which have since changed their terminology, initially included the country from which the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus originated from.
“Before the media’s fake outrage, even CNN called it [the] ‘Chinese coronavirus,’” the representative said.
The remarks came just a week after CNN correspondent Jim Acosta, who was kicked out of the White House for being “rude” to the president in 2018, accused the incumbent of prejudice against those who came from abroad for calling the CCP Virus “foreign” in his March 11 address to the nation. He also claimed political adviser Stephen Miller added “hard-liner” views on immigration to the speech.
“Stephen Miller, who is an immigration hard-liner who advises the president, is one of his top domestic advisers and speech writers was a driving force in writing the speech,” he said according to a video uploaded by Breitbart. “I think it is going to come across to a lot of Americans as smacking of xenophobia to use that kind of term in the speech.”
Acosta appeared to be so surprised the president called the CCP Virus “foreign” he interviewed multiple anonymous sources afterward.
“As I was talking to sources earlier this evening … one of the points that the president wants to make tonight is to get across to Americans that this virus did not start here but that they are dealing with it,” he said. “Now why the president would go as far as to describe it as a foreign virus that is something we will also be asking questions.”
The White House rejected Acosta’s criticism and warned such “fake news” was preventing the nation from uniting during the viral crisis.
“Those trying to divide us must stop rooting for America to fail and give Americans real info they need to get through the crisis,” the representative said.
The president also rejected Acosta’s allegations and said he was committed to taking a tough stance against the CCP Virus.
“The fake news’s new narrative is disgraceful and false,” he said on Facebook. “I always treated the Chinese virus very seriously and have done a very good job from the beginning, including my very early decision to close the ‘borders’ from China–against the wishes of almost all. Many lives were saved.”