Obama says he ‘doesn’t want to live in Trump’s America’ and says he’s ‘pissed off’ by COVID being called ‘kung flu’ – The Sun

BARACK Obama has issued a strong rebuke of President Donald Trump's use of the term "kung flu" to describe the coronavirus and said the phrase "pisses me off."

Trump's predecessor reportedly decried the president's use of the term to his followers during an invite-only fundraiser in Arizona last week for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

"I don't want a country in which the president of the United States is actively trying to promote anti-Asian sentiment and thinks it's funny," Obama said, as reported by The New York Times.

"I don't want that. That still shocks and pisses me off."

White House officials including Kellyanne Conway, whose husband is half Asian, defended Trump's use of the phrase after his Tulsa rally last week.

Administration members claimed that the president wasn't trying to incite anti-Asian sentiment, but was merely making a point of the origins of the coronavirus, which is believed to be the Wuhan province in China.

"My reaction is that the president has made very clear that he wants everybody to understand, and I think many Americans do understand, that the virus originated in China," Conway told reporters.

But in March, she had described the same term as "highly offensive" and demanded the name of a journalist who used the phrase to describe the virus.

"That's highly offensive, so you should tell us all who it is," Conway told CBS News reporter Weijia Jiang at the time.

Advocates have warned that Trump's rhetoric and that of other officials who blame China for the global pandemic has led to an increase in harassment of Asian Americans.

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