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Stephen King, Others Concerned About White Male CEOs at Wuhan Virus Presser

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Author Stephen King and other concerned onlookers called attention Friday to the number of white men gathered with President Donald Trump addressing the Wuhan coronavirus.

Trump, government officials, and CEOs of major companies such as Target, Walgreens, and Walmart spoke in the Rose Garden as Trump declared a national emergency and laid out public-private partnerships to address the growing pandemic. But some were more worried about the racial and gender diversity of the participants.

In King's case, he erroneously said Trump's "coronavirus team" was "all male, all old, and all white." He didn't notice Dr. Deborah Birx, who took the microphone after Trump and is serving as the White House's coronavirus response coordinator.

Perhaps later realizing his error, King referred to Birx as the "lady with the shawl" and said she looked "so great compared to the rest of those bozos." Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services administrator Seema Verma also spoke at the conference.

Other journalists and pundits couldn't hide their dismay at the "parade of old white guy CEOs," as Julia Ioffe put it.

The stock market responded positively to the press conference, spiking dramatically at the end of another volatile week on Wall Street.