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President Donald Trump has submitted a notice of withdrawal from the World Health Organization to the United Nations secretary-general. The notice states the U.S. will officially leave the WHO effective July 2021.

A U.N. spokesman acknowledged that the organization had received the U.S. notice to withdraw.

“Because they have failed to make the requested and greatly needed reforms, we will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization and redirecting those funds to other worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs,” Trump said. “The world is now suffering as a result of the misfeasance of the Chinese government.”

Leaders on Capitol Hill were also notified of the president’s actions on Tuesday and both Democrats and Republicans had concerns.

“Congress received notification that POTUS officially withdrew the U.S. from the @WHO in the midst of a pandemic. To call Trump’s response to COVID chaotic & incoherent doesn’t do it justice. This won’t protect American lives or interests—it leaves Americans sick & America alone,” tweeted New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez (D).

The chairman of the Senate Health Committee, Tennessee’s Lamar Alexander (R), said that holding the WHO accountable should not be done until after the pandemic ends.

“I disagree with the president’s decision. Certainly, there needs to be a good, hard look at mistakes the World Health Organization might have made in connection with coronavirus, but the time to do that is after the crisis has been dealt with, not in the middle of it,” Alexander said.

The Republican added that withdrawing U.S. membership could cause issues with vaccine trials and make it difficult to work with other countries to stop future viruses before they get to the U.S. 

“If the administration has specific recommendations for reforms of the WHO, it should submit those recommendations to Congress, and we can work together to make those happen,” Alexander added.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said he would rejoin the WHO on his first day in the White House if elected.

“Americans are safer when America is engaged in strengthening global health. On my first day as President, I will rejoin the @WHO and restore our leadership on the world stage,” Biden tweeted.

Trump first announced his decision to consider leaving the WHO back in May. He submitted a list of reforms he’d need to see in order to stay involved with the organization and had yet to see those reforms take shape.

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    Charles Hawthorne July 8, 2020

    Trump is right on the issues with the WHO. They are trying to manipulate the US and does not have the best concerns for the health of our citizens!

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    Robert C Benson July 8, 2020

    Nice going Mr President, WHO IS A DHAM.

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    Debra K Hojnacki July 8, 2020

    I follow my President. Whatever he says ho. I trust our President. I do not trust Who, or China. I Do not trust Joe at all.

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  4. Avatar
    Robert C Benson July 8, 2020

    Meant WHO is a sham.

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    Jojodmonkey July 8, 2020

    Well I hope President Trump told them phuk you very much!!!!

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    Andrea Visconti July 8, 2020

    I am glad President Trump stood up to those in China for lying.

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    Brian July 8, 2020

    President Trump absolutely did the right thing. He addressed it back in May. It’s foolish to think that he is doing wrong.

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    Wilddog July 8, 2020

    First step in the right direction. Now lets get out of the U.N. and LET BLM/Antifa burn that building down.

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    Lorraine E Blazich July 8, 2020

    The next thing that President Trump needs to do is withdraw from the u.n.. We should not be a part of an organization which has always been an enemy of Israel and our country despite the fact that our country pays for most of their expenses. Plus we need to close their office in New York.

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    Latina July 8, 2020

    It’s about time WHO is not our friend or has our interests. They allowed China to lie to us and the world. What more can happen to us after this deadly virus? Another virus? Our country is dealing with the problem not WHO why are these politicians protesting? Are they benefiting in some way is that why they want to stay with WHO? Just wondering, since the benefits are one sided WHO received our hard earn money.

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    Jeannette Downs July 8, 2020

    The United Nations in New York is not considered United States property. For the United States to pour money into an entity that seemingly isn’t performing its duties as a World Health Organization is ludicrous. I support our President’s decision

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    CJM July 8, 2020

    It’s way past time that the US left WHO. They don’t do anything for the US, but don’t mind holding out their hands and saying they want more $$$$; the US has even been criticized in the past for not giving more. The US has given way more than a fair share; it’s about time some other country, like the UK and Russia gave more. When the US has been hit hard by some natural disaster or was over-whelmed with some sort of disease, no one else bothered to help us out. Our tax dollars need to remain in the USA, period. Perhaps we need to dole out our help to other nations on a case by case basis.

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    tymtrvlr July 9, 2020

    Chinnna controls the w.h.o., let them pay for this most useless anti-American marxist dung heap.
    The u.n can not be trusted, the legendary President Donald J. Trump should give them an eviction notice. All these organizations that were put in place to help the world at the American taxpayer’s expense, have betrayed us. America, Israel, UK can start up a similar organization.
    President Trump is cleaning out all the leftists’ money laundering organizations.

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    Rick Georgesco July 9, 2020

    To call Trump’s response to COVID chaotic & incoherent doesn’t do it justice. Tweet from bribes taker Bob Menendez (D)NJ

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    NBM July 9, 2020

    I have reminded Lamar Alexander many times that he does not reflect Tennessee values and that he is supposed to be representing us. I either received no response or some pat answer that basically said he was going to do what he wanted and to heck with voters. I am so glad he will be replaced this next term. He didn’t run because he knew he couldn’t win again.

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