By G9ija

US President Donald Trump has found himself being dragged on Twitter after calling the raging coronavirus the Chinese virus.

Trump had in a broadcast last week called the virus a foreign virus and merely stepped up his characterisation with the new label.

“The United States will be powerfully supporting those industries, like Airlines and others, that are particularly affected by the Chinese Virus. We will be stronger than ever before!”, Trump tweeted late on Monday.

The tweet enraged not just Chinese Twitterati, but fellow Americans. However, Trump also had supporters, who praised him for calling the virus what it is.

Here are some of the reactions:CGTN@CGTNOfficial

Chinese netizens express rage on social media over U.S. president @realDonaldTrump‘s “Chinese virus” tweet.

“How can he blatantly use such words of racism?” commented a netizen.

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16512:00 AM – Mar 17, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacy86 people are talking about thisDr Mark D’Arcy@markoftheD

The Chinese virus! Using terms like that is just going to fuel racist attacks.

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621:35 AM – Mar 17, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacy26 people are talking about thisAn Open Letter@AnOpenLetter001

Coronavirus originated in China.
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They suppressed information which made things worse.
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They tried to spin the tale and blame the origin of virus on the US.
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US president called it a Chinese virus.
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Now people are labelling US president as racist.40412:09 AM – Mar 17, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacy131 people are talking about thisKanchan Gupta@KanchanGupta

That is what it is: Chinese Virus. #Covid19 https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1239685852093169664 …Donald J. Trump@realDonaldTrumpThe United States will be powerfully supporting those industries, like Airlines and others, that are particularly affected by the Chinese Virus. We will be stronger than ever before!2,3199:43 PM – Mar 16, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacy766 people are talking about thisEric Feigl-Ding@DrEricDing

Calling it a “Chinese Virus” makes me incredibly sad. I’m a proud American (happen to be born in China), who is an American thru & thru. This global 🌎 virus knows no race, no creed, or ethnic origin. Let’s conquer #COVID19 together, not apart.🙏 https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/1239685852093169664 …Donald J. Trump@realDonaldTrumpThe United States will be powerfully supporting those industries, like Airlines and others, that are particularly affected by the Chinese Virus. We will be stronger than ever before!1,74311:55 PM – Mar 16, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacy580 people are talking about thisDonald J. Trump@realDonaldTrump · 11h

The United States will be powerfully supporting those industries, like Airlines and others, that are particularly affected by the Chinese Virus. We will be stronger than ever before!Andrew Wortman@AmoneyResists

It’s not the CHINESE VIRUS you racist sack of dogshit; it’s THE TRUMP VIRUS. You were warned about this in 2017. What did you do? Disband the pandemic office in 2018; slash budgets for the CDC, NIH & HHS; turn down COVID-19 tests offered to us IN FEBRUARY.pic.twitter.com/DUR1Jl7CpU

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2,7849:13 PM – Mar 16, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacy816 people are talking about this

The World Health Organisation on 11 February renamed coronavirus COVID-19.

WHO announced the new name on its tweeter handle at @WHO that “we now have a name for 2019nCov disease.

“The new name is COVID-19.The CO stands for corona, the VI for virus and the D for disease.”

The UN health agency said it coined a name that does not refer to a geographical location, animals, an individual or a group of people.

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