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‘I’m married to an Asian’: Kellyanne Conway spars with reporters over White House ‘kung flu’ slur

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White House presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway downplayed concerns that White House officials have used racist terms to refer to the novel coronavirus.

During a gaggle outside the White House on Wednesday, Conway was peppered with questions about staffers who reportedly called COVID-19 the “kung flu” or the “Chinese virus.”

“Excuse me!” Conway exclaimed. “Of course it’s wrong. But you can’t just make an accusation and not tell us who it is.”

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“If you want to argue, I want to argue about standing away from each other and washing our hands,” she added.

“You’re telling those staffer that it’s wrong?” a reporter pressed Conway.

“That’s highly offensive so tell us all who it is,” Conway demanded. “I’m not going to engage in hypotheticals. I’m married to an Asian. My kids are partly. My kids are 25% Filipino. You’re all so obsessed, I thought you knew.”

The White House adviser continued to demand to know who had referred to the virus as the “kung flu” while speaking to an Asian reporter.

“I’m trying to be here to help you help America understand how to slow the spread and you’re shouting at me in a way about something somebody allegedly said to somebody else,” she complained. “And I’m asking who was it? Why don’t we go to the source. I certainly didn’t say it, I don’t believe it.”

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“Why don’t we go to the source and tell them that’s very hurtful and unhelpful for what we’re trying to do,” Conway concluded, softening her voice. “Pardon me if I’ve been mistaken that you all are trying to inform America.”

Watch the video below from C-SPAN.

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This Europe country is housing quarantined coronavirus patients in a five-star hotel

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An ambulance driver wearing a white protective gown enters a Barcelona hotel and announces the arrival of three new "customers" -- a trio of coronavirus patients discharged from hospital into luxury quarantine.

"Good morning! How are you? My name is Enrique Aranda and I am probably the first non health care worker you see in several days," says the director of the five-star Melia Sarria hotel, peering into the ambulance.

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UK Labour to unveil new leader to replace Jeremy Corbyn

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Britain's main opposition Labour party on Saturday unveils a new leader who will take the helm of a defeated and divided party in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.

Keir Starmer, a former director of state prosecutions and Labour's Brexit spokesman, is the runaway favourite to win the ballot of around 500,000 party members and succeed Jeremy Corbyn.

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‘Trump fires people for telling the truth’: President blasted for ‘dead of night decision’ to fire intel watchdog

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President Donald Trump was harshly criticized on Friday for firing intelligence community Inspector General Michael Atkinson.

House Intel Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Senate Intel Ranking Member Mark Warner (D-VA) were among the lawmakers who took to Twitter to criticize Trump on his favorite social media platform.

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Trump’s dead of night decision to fire ICIG Michael Atkinson is another blatant attempt to gut the independence of the Intelligence Community and retaliate against those who dare to expose presidential wrongdoing.

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