In a four-page letter addressed to WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus, President Donald Trump on Monday May 18, threatened to permanently pull United states funding from the World Health Organization over the Coronavirus pandemic.
Trump criticized the stages of the body’s response to the outbreak of the disease since December saying UN health body a “puppet of China.
White House insisted that the international health agency shares the responsibility for the large number of deaths in the crisis and further threatened to pull US funding permanently and also reconsider US membership in the organization, if it does not commit to “major substantive improvements” within 30 days.
Trump also criticized the WHO for the “political gamesmanship” of praising China’s strict domestic travel restrictions and being “inexplicably against my closing of the United States border.”
He highlighted WHO’s reaffirmation of “China’s now-debunked claim that the Coronavirus could not be transmitted between humans.”
Trump insist 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.
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.
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.”
The World Health Organization has failed to publicly call on China to allow for an independent investigation into the origins of the virus, despite the recent endorsement for doing so by its own Emergency Committee.