Kellyanne Conway reacts to Trump’s use of kung flu, months after calling term highly offensive
First, he praised President Xi’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Now, he’s blaming China (again). POLITICO’s Dan Diamond breaks down Trump’s back and forth on China.
Asked to explain the logic behind the term ‘kung flu’ referring to China, even though ‘kung flu’ does not refer to a specific place, Conway said: “Excuse me, how do you know the way people, how do you know that people aren’t anticipating that or not connecting that? You don’t know that. While the president is saying it, he’s also saying this virus came from China. China is responsible… He said it’s called many different things, it’s called the Wuhan virus, the Chinese virus, and then he used another term.”
In March, when a reporter said she had heard about White House staffers using the term, Conway demanded the names of the staffers allegedly saying “kung flu.”
“Of course it’s wrong,” Conway said at the time. “That’s highly offensive, so you should tell us all who it is.”
Conway did not repeat that characterization on Wednesday, but said the president was not surrounded by yes-men.
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[Source: CNBC News]