President Donald Trump said he did not believe the term “kung-flu” and other discriminatory phrases would put Asian Americans at risk of xenophobic attacks amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Trump said he did not believe Asian Americans would be negatively affected by the use of the phrase.
Trump pressed for more details when he was asked if he believed Asian Americans could be subjected to increased racist attacks because of similar terms.
Several hate crimes and acts of discriminatory behavior against Asian Americans were documented across the US in recent weeks amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Ramos, who is accused of hitting the Asian man in the head before fleeing, was arrested.