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Trump threatens to permanently stop funding to WHO

In a letter sent to World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Monday, President Trump threatened to permanently cut U.S. funding to the WHO as well as reconsider membership in the organization. The president accused the WHO of repeated missteps during the coronavirus pandemic and demanded it demonstrate its independence from China.

“My administration has already started discussions with you on how to reform the organization. But action is needed quickly. We do not have time to waste,” said Trump in the letter. “That is why it is my duty, as President of the United States, to inform you that, if the World Health Organization does not commit to major substantive improvements within the next 30 days, I will make my temporary freeze of United States funding to the World Health Organization permanent and reconsider our membership in the organization.”

The letter outlines Trump’s allegations that the WHO missed warning signs of the coronaviruses spread and also highlighted the WHO praise of China’s government for its transparency with respect to the coronavirus, setting a new standard for outbreak control.

“Even after you belatedly declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on January 30, 2020, you failed to press China for the timely admittance of a World Health Organization team of international medical experts,” said Trump.

Trump pointed out that even after the WHO team arrived in China, they were not immediately allowed to visit Wuhan and said they remained silent when the two American members of the team were denied access to Wuhan entirely.

The WHO issued a statement saying it was considering the contents of Trump’s letter.

“I will initiate an independent evaluation at the earliest appropriate moment to review experience gained and lessons learned, and to make recommendations to improve national and global pandemic preparedness and response,” Ghebreyesus said. “To be truly comprehensive, such an evaluation must encompass the entirety of the response by all actors, in good faith.”

The U.S. accounted for roughly 20 percent of the WHO’s total budget in the past two years, significantly more than that of other countries. It paid $400 million to the WHO for 2018-2019, according to the organization’s website. President Trump has made it a point of his administration to put an end to unfair and oversized U.S. contributions to international organizations.

“I cannot allow American taxpayer dollars to continue to finance an organization that, in its present state, is so clearly not serving America’s interests,” said Trump.

Trump’s letter comes as the WHO is holding its annual general assembly remotely. The assembly has been full of calls for a review of the organization’s response to the pandemic by many of the 194-member nations.

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  1. marc May 19, 2020

    TRUMP, do not hesitate, do not threaten, JUST DO!!! ASAP Action speaks louder than a threat, DRIVE IT HOME…..

  2. marc May 19, 2020

    ‘WE THE PEOPLE’ do not want or need the highly political WHO organization, they need us! They have nothing good to offer. Just $$$ grubbers, stealin mo money and policy makers that fit the Soros agenda… A VERY BAD OUTFIT WITH VERY BAD INTENTIONS

  3. Quentin Kahler May 19, 2020

    Dump the WHO and start our own Health organization! Go Trump 2020-2024!!

  4. Dale Krebsbach May 19, 2020

    I agree with our great President on suspending support. Then he should simply tell WHO, “if you want us back, tell us how it is a plus for the USA”. Then ignore them, they need us much more than we need them.

  5. Anonymous May 19, 2020

    It’s about time for My President to do this. He should have done this a while ago; but this is good.

  6. BajaRon May 19, 2020

    Awesome! This is what true leadership looks like folks! This is just one of the many things that have been needing to be done for so long that Trump has taken care of. Finally! Someone willing to do, and not just talk. This does not make me happy simply because it will set the liberal’s hair on fire. But that fact doesn’t hurt the approval factor either.

    Fine, give the WHO a chance to shape up. They won’t, of course. But it doesn’t hurt to give them a little more rope. Especially, since it isn’t costing us anything right now.

    The UN should be next on the chopping block. They need to change their name to the ‘Nations United Against America’.

  7. Dee May 19, 2020

    President Trump, You are right on! Do not give them even a penny! They were aloud to let the virus spread! They did not do their job!

  8. VIRGINIA B LEGGETT May 19, 2020

    This letter was right on!! Now let’s get out of the U.N also!!! I don’t want any more of my tax dollars going to the WHO!!!

  9. Linda Hunt May 19, 2020

    I trust you will do the right thing

  10. Barney May 20, 2020

    Amen, President Trump. Make America Great Again!

  11. Charles May 20, 2020

    Finally a real president who is not beholding to anyone but the American public.

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