Published On: Mon, Jul 20th, 2020

Trump news: president sparks outrage by calling coronavirus ‘China virus’ in tweet | World | News

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Mr Trump started wearing a face mask only recently after months of refusing to do so despite US Centers for Disease Control recommending the contrary.

Mr Trump’s recent U-turn on mask-wearing is being seen by some observers as an attempt to rebuild public opinion as polls show Democratic presidential rival Joe Biden has a clear lead in several key areas in the run-up to the US presidential election this November.

In a tweet, the President posted a black-and-white photograph of himself wearing a black face covering.

He also wrote: “We are United in our effort to defeat the Invisible China Virus, and many people say that it is Patriotic to wear a face mask when you can’t socially distance.

“There is nobody more patriotic then me, your favourite President!”

Observers noted Mr Trump appeared to only indirectly state that wearing a mask is patriotic, while others have pointed out his use of the term “China Virus”.

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Mr Trump has previously dismissed accusations that the term ‘Chinese virus’ or similar is a racist statement.

He claimed in March the term is “not racist at all. It comes from China; I want to be accurate.”

In terms of handling the coronavirus outbreak, a recent poll conducted by the Washington Post and ABC News suggests Mr Biden holds a significant lead over Mr Trump.

54 percent of those polled said they trusted Mr Biden to handle the pandemic, while 34 percent said they would trust Mr Trump – translating to a 20-point lead.

Allies of Mr Trump have previously voiced concerns the president’s stance on mask-wearing could contribute to an election loss.

Tennessee senator Lamar Alexander said in a Senate hearing some weeks ago: “The stakes are too high for this political debate and pro-Trump anti-Trump mask to continue.”

The US is facing a surge in coronavirus cases across the country with cases on the rise in 40 out of 50 states.

The most recent CDC data shows the US has recorded 63,201 new cases of COVID-19 with a total of 3,761,362. The data also shows 498 new deaths, with a total of 140,157.

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