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    (Mar. 18) President Joe Biden canceled a planned political event to promote his coronavirus relief bill in Atlanta on Friday after a series of shootings at three massage parlors in the city left eight dead.

    Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will instead meet with Asian-American leaders in Georgia “to discuss the ongoing attacks and threats against the community,” the White House said in a statement Thursday. Biden will also meet Stacey Abrams, a prominent Democrat and former gubernatorial candidate, according to a White House aide.

    Six of the eight victims were Asian women, and the killings come amid a surge in violence targeting Asian Americans over the past year, as the coronavirus pandemic has seized the world. Former President Donald Trump bears some responsibility for the violence, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said, citing his offensive descriptions of the virus and its origins.

    Members of Congress from both parties have largely condemned the killings and described the act as a hate crime against Asian Americans. Some Republicans, however, expressed concern that criticizing China and that country’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic could be labeled as hate speech.

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