The White House is defending President Donald Trump's use of "Kung flu" when referring to the coronavirus. (June 22)
KAYLIEGH MCENANY: --president does not believe it's offensive to note that this virus came from China and to stand up for our US military. Who China's making an active effort to completely defame. And that is unacceptable to the president.
- Last July, President Trump declared himself "the least racist person there is anywhere in the world." Why does he use racist phrases like the Kung Flu?
KAYLIEGH MCENANY: The president doesn't. What the president does do is to the fact that the origin of the virus is China. It's a fair thing to point out, as China tries to ridiculously rewrite history, ridiculously blame the coronavirus on American soldiers. This is what China's trying to do. And what President Trump is saying, no, China. I will label this virus for its place of origin.
- That's what he's saying by using the racist phrase, Kung Flu?
KAYLIEGH MCENANY: He is linking it to its place of origin.
- What does he have to say to Asian-Americans who are deeply offended and worried that his use will lead to further attacks and discrimination.
KAYLIEGH MCENANY: So the president has said very clearly, it's important that we totally protect our Asian community in the US and all around the world. There are amazing people. And the spreading of the virus is not their fault in any way, shape, or form. They're working closely with us to get rid of it. We will prevail together. It's very important.
So it's not a discussion about Asian-Americans, who the president values and prizes as citizens of this great country. It is an indictment of China for letting this virus get here. And I would--
- But he was calling it the Kung Flu, though.
KAYLIEGH MCENANY: --in email. Yes, Justin.
- You've got to admit that. It is not the same thing as calling it the--
KAYLIEGH MCENANY: Yes, the president never regrets putting the onus back on China, pointing out that China is responsible for this, and in the process, standing up for US troops, who are being blamed by China in a campaign of misinformation.