Trump Hints at Cutting WHO Funding Over Handling of Pandemic

Elias Hubbard
April 8, 2020

The United States plans to place a hold on funding for the World Health Organization (WHO), President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday.

"They've been wrong about a lot of things", Trump said.

Trump at first announced he would be cutting off USA funding to the organization.

"The World Health Organization receives vast amounts of money from the United States, we pay the biggest portion of their money", Trump said, arguing that the organization had "called every shot wrong" on the Covid-19 crisis.

World Health Organization is closely aligned with the Chinese communist regime and has repeatedly praised China's leaders despite experts and unearthed evidence showing how officials manipulated the true situation in the country where the CCP virus emerged a year ago.

He says, "They should have known and they probably did know".

When asked to elaborate on his idea of suspending funding to the organization, which is arguably the key global body fighting coronavirus, Trump appeared to back down just a few minutes later, saying that his administration would be merely "looking" at the possibility.

Donald Trump and his administration's response to the coronavirus has been under fire from many, with the Mayor of Chicago recently saying he and his response team are "clueless."

The organization's current guidance does not advocate closing borders or restricting travel, though many nations, including the United States, have enacted those steps.

However, Trump himself has been widely criticized for initially downplaying the virus, which he likened to an ordinary flu and said was under control in the United States, before later accepting that it was a national emergency. The United States also voluntarily gives between approximately $100 million and $400 million more per year to the World Health Organization for specific projects - contributions that totaled over $400 million in 2017, the most recent year for which figures are available.

More than 11,000 Americans have now died from COVID-19.

Vice President Mike Pence said that the Centres for Disease Control will release new guidelines this week for returning to work for people with potential exposure but who may not be displaying symptoms. Trump had tweeted on Tuesday. He played down memos written by Peter Navarro, a senior White House adviser, that were made public this week.

The WHO did not respond to a Reuters request for comment on Trump's remarks.

"I don't want to create havoc and shock and everything else. And we're going to see", Trump said.

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