In an unprecedented move Friday afternoon, President Donald Trump called for General Tso’s resignation in response to what he perceived to be China’s role in the COVID-19 outbreak.
Trump told reporters that intelligence reports indicated that Tso played a pivotal role in the COVID-19 virus spreading to the United States.
“The Chinese have this one general, an intimidating general,” Trump said. “Tso, General Tso. Sources have told me that he’s the reason the virus escaped Wuhan.”
“For the sake of China, the United States, and the rest of the world, I call on General Tso to resign immediately.”
Trump immediately faced backlash from Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who bemoaned Trump’s statements on Tso.
“In this time, when we need to be building bridges instead of burning them, this President once again shows his true racist, xenophobic colors,” Pelosi said.
“His rash words regarding a respected Chinese general are not only inappropriate, but may also inspire his supporters to use violence on Chinese restaurant owners across the country.”
Trump accused Pelosi of turning a blind eye to China’s role in the COVID-19 pandemic.
“If she wants to drink China’s kool-aid and eat General Tso’s chicken, which let’s face it, probably came from one of those disgusting, disastrous wet markets in Wuhan, then that’s her business,” Trump said.
“But the time for appeasing criminals like Tso is over, believe me. He helped unleash the Chinese virus, an entire virus, on the rest of the world. He needs to resign, or at least be demoted. Assistant to the General Tso might work.”
A representative for Chinese President Xi Jinping said he had no knowledge of a General Tso in his country’s military ranks.