News outlets accused the head of the U.S. government of discriminating against people born overseas because he closed the border to travelers arriving from the same country a deadly Asian disease came from.
President Donald Trump has revealed his administration was ready for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus but, when he responded quickly to the looming crisis, mainstream media wrongly reported his actions were racist.
“I will tell you how prepared it was: I called for a ban for people coming in from China long before anybody thought of it,” the president said on a YouTube video of a White House press conference about the Coronavirus Task Force. “In fact, it was your network [NBC News] that called me a racist because I did that [and] many people in the room they called me racist and other words because I did that—because I went so early.”
The remarks came after NBC White House correspondent Kristen Welker asked why the nation was unprepared to test more patients for the CCP Virus.
“You did say a few days ago that you did have a sense that this was a pandemic that was coming, so why was the United States not prepared with more testing?” she can be heard asking on the video.
The president believes members of the press have not reported on the issue “fairly” because, if he did not close the border to “tens of thousands” of mainland Chinese nationals, the number of infected and dead U.S. residents would be many times higher.
“We were very prepared, the only thing we were not prepared for was the media,” he said. “How many people have passed away? How many people have died as of this moment? You could multiply that by a factor of many, many, many.”
The president maintains he was very well prepared for the CCP Virus and his actions resulted in other nations closing their borders to mainland Chinese travelers.
“I was the first to do the ban,” he said. “Now other countries are following what I did but the media does not acknowledge that. They know it is true, they know it is true but they do not want to write about it.”
CNN correspondent Jim Acosta, who was kicked out of the White House for being “rude” to the president in 2018, previously 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.”