President Donald Trump on Thursday, March 19, criticized American media for siding with China amid ramping Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus pandemic in the United States. 

“The press is very dishonest,” President Trump said during a White House briefing on the CCP Virus in response to a question from One America News, and added, “They are siding with China. They are doing things they should not be doing. They’re siding with many others.”

“So why they’re doing this, you’ll have to ask them,” he said. “If we had an honest media in this country our country would be an even greater place.”

President Trump recently referred to the virus as a “Chinese virus” or the “Wuhan virus” after the CCP started an aggressive propaganda campaign in an attempt to shift its responsibility of the global pandemic that has claimed thousands of lives around the world and rattled the global economy. 

However, the president was immediately attacked by the Chinese government and members of American establishment media, who initially call the virus “the Wuhan virus.” Both the communist regime and media outlets have painted the president’s language as racist.

Fox News host Mark Levin earlier this week told Michael Pillsbury, Hudson Institute director of Chinese Strategy, that he found it shocking to see media members apparently reverse themselves on the rightfulness of calling the virus “the Wuhan Virus.”

“[They] are now lecturing us, ‘Don’t call it that,’ so China has these victories in these propaganda campaigns,” Levin noted. “And the point of the propaganda is what, to tear down America and to sustain the communist regime in China?”

“Yes,” Pillsbury answered. “Their basic theory is that America’s in decline and has been for 20 or 30 years [and that] China’s on the rise. … They’ve also got another theme—that China is a better world leader than America.”

Pointing to China’s recent expulsion of three reporters from The Wall Street Journal, Pillsbury said American media has faced “an understandable intimidation” from the CCP, which won’t allow people who “speak ill of China” to work in the country.

Pillsbury added that the media’s aversion to President Trump has pushed them to see China as an American friend.

“When they see him successfully working with China on the trade deal and on other matters, they sort of position themselves as ‘Well, we’re more friendly with China than President Trump is’,” he said.

Xinhua News, a state-run Chinese outlet seized the opportunity to stir the already simmering turmoil in the United States by pointing to Democratic politicians like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Maine) and New York Rep. Lois Frankel, who condemned President Trump’s rhetoric, reported the Daily Caller.

“Those American critics who raise the racism canard are themselves inadvertently collapsing the distinctions between an authoritarian regime and those who live under it. Too many also seem comfortable drawing moral equivalencies between the Chinese regime and Donald Trump,” noted The Atlantic writer Shadi Hamid.

“This attitude is hard to take seriously. Trump didn’t block the media from reporting on the coronavirus; he did not disappear his critics. The nature of a regime matters. And this is why I, for one, am glad to live in a democracy, however flawed, in this time of unprecedented crisis,” Hamid added.