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Latest FBI warns of potential surge in hate crimes against Asian Americans amid coronavirus

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Federal law enforcement is warning of an increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans as the coronavirus crisis continues to grow, according to a new FBI analysis obtained by ABC News.

“The FBI makes this assessment based on the assumption that a portion of the US public will associate COVID-19 with China and Asian American populations.”

The rhetoric, critics say, has fueled ill will and has led some people to act out against Asian Americans.

“It did come from China,” Trump said at a White House briefing Tuesday.

At a White House briefing Thursday the president could not point to any specific measures he was taking to protect the Asian American community.

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