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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 rally last week in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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.

Conway’s defense of the offensive term comes in the midst of a report that revealed her daughter Claudia has posted TikTok videos mocking Trump.

Claudia Conway posts the short clips under the username @shortfakeblonde and encourages anyone who watches her videos to vote against her mom’s boss.

New York Times reporter Taylor Lorenz described Claudia, whose father founded an anti-Trump conservative super PAC, as “an outspoken leftist TikToker.”

Kellyanne served as Trump’s third campaign manager during the 2016 election.

After Trump’s victory, she revealed that she told her daughters it was OK to support his rival Hillary Clinton.

“In explaining how I feel about one thing that Donald Trump said or did to my daughters, I would be remiss in not revealing the full conversation, which is also why Mommy, who’s a woman, did not support the first female presidential candidate for a major party,” Conway said.

 Conway serves as a senior adviser to Trump, and was his campaign manager during the 2016 election
Conway serves as a senior adviser to Trump, and was his campaign manager during the 2016 electionCredit: Reuters

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