Acosta: Trump Calling Coronavirus A "Foreign Virus" Smacks Of "Xenophobia," Stephen Miller Wrote This | Video | RealClearPolitics

Acosta: Trump Calling Coronavirus A "Foreign Virus" Smacks Of "Xenophobia," Stephen Miller Wrote This

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CNN's Jim Acosta drew attention to President Donald Trump's use of "foreign virus" in his address to the nation on the Coronavirus.

"The other thing, Chris, that we should point out, at one point during the address the president referred to the Coronavirus as a quote, 'foreign virus,'" Acosta told CNN host Chris Cuomo following the address. "That I think was interesting because I was talking to sources earlier this evening, one of the points that the president wanted to make tonight, wanted to get across to Americans is that this virus did not start here. But that they are dealing with it. Now why the president would go as far as to describe it as a foreign virus, that is something we'll also be asking questions about."

"It should be pointed out that Stephen Miller, who is an immigration hardliner who advises the president is one of his top domestic policy advisers and speechwriters, was a driving force in writing this speech and I think it is going to come across to a lot of Americans as smacking of xenophobia to use that kind of term in this speech," Acosta said.



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