One America News Chief White House Correspondent Chanel Rion asked President Trump how he feels about mainstream media organizations being in lock step with Chinese propaganda efforts accusing him of being racist for calling COVID-19 the "Chinese virus."
Racism is not the right tool to cover your own incompetence pic.twitter.com/LmGDyPsULt— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) March 17, 2020
Rion led the two-part question by first asking Trump if he considers calling food originating from China as "Chinese food" racist.
"No, I don't think it's racist. I don't think it's racist at all," Trump replied.
"On that note, major left-wing news media, even in this room, have teamed up with Chinese communist party narratives and they are claiming you are racist for making these claims about 'Chinese virus.' Is it alarming that major media players...are consistently siding with foreign state propaganda, Islamic radicals, and Latin gangs and cartels and they work right here at the White House with direct access to you and your team?
"It amazes me when I read the things I read. It amazes me when I read The Wall Street Journal, which is always so negative, it amazes me when I read The New York Times, I barely read it. We don’t distribute it in the White House anymore. Same thing with The Washington Post, because, see, I know the truth. People don’t know what it is. They use different slogans and different terms for me every week. You see me, there’s no chaos. I’m the one telling everybody to be calm. There is no chaos in the White House, we have unbelievable professionals," Trump replied.
"They're dishonest. And you know what? Someday, hopefully in five years, I won’t be here. That’ll be fine. I will have done, I think, a great job. I don’t think anyone has done as much in three and a half years as I’ve done and the administration. This administration has done a great job. The press is very dishonest," he continued.
Rion asked Trump if he thinks the media is siding with China.
"I think they do. They are siding with China. They are doing things they shouldn’t be doing...China is the least of it. Why they are doing this, you'll have to ask them. If we had an honest media in this country, our country would be an even greater place," he said.
It is worth noting Rion had previously reported how it was possible COVID-19 was created in lab in a North Carolina.
Chanel Rion previously reported that the #coronavirus was created in a lab in North Carolina, citing a “monitored source” who was just a guy on Twitter @-tagging her on his conspiracy theories. https://t.co/x5FbmNeuWv pic.twitter.com/fQ3BHfUgwr— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) March 19, 2020