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Top U.S. diplomat speaks of 'Wuhan virus' despite China's protests

The novel coronavirus is getting a new name from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo — the “Wuhan virus” — despite objections from China where the illness was first detected.

For the second day in a row, Pompeo on Friday publicly referred to COVID-19 as the “Wuhan virus” or “Wuhan coronavirus,” a reference to the central Chinese metropolis that is hardest hit.

Asked in a CNBC interview about the success of Beijing’s response to the outbreak, Pompeo said, “I’m happy you complimented the Chinese Communist Party today, but remember this is the Wuhan coronavirus that’s caused this.”

And in a news conference on Thursday, Pompeo highlighted $37 million in U.S. aid for countries hit by “the Wuhan virus’s spread.”

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