On Tuesday, President Donald Trump stated that Chinese Americans were the “most angry” in China for failing to suppress the coronavirus.
“Asian Americans are VERY angry at what China has done to our Country, and the World,” Trump published on Twitter. “Chinese Americans are the angriest of all. I don’t blame them!”
The president remarked after cable news criticized him for answering a Chinese American journalist on Monday to “ask China” regarding whether it was positive that the United States was leading the world on testing.
Here is the exchange:
Jiang: You stated numerous times that the U.S. is doing so much better than any other country when it comes to testing.
Jiang: Why does that matter? Why is this a global competition to you, if everyday Americans are still dying, and we still see more cases every day
Trump: Well, they’re losing their lives everywhere in the world. And maybe that’s a query you should ask China. Don’t ask me, ask China that question, okay? When you ask them that question, you may get a shocking answer. Yes, behind you, please.
Jiang: Sir, why are you telling me that, explicitly, that I should ask China?
Trump: I’m telling you. I’m not saying it explicitly to anybody. I’m saying it to anybody who would ask a nasty question like that.
Please go ahead.
Jiang: That’s not a nasty question. Why does it matter…
Critics of the president claimed that the president’s comment was racist.
“It is racist to look at an Asian-American White House correspondent and say, ‘Ask China,’” CNN’s Brian Stelter said after the exchange.