Trump says US 'terminating' relationship with WHO, United States News & Top Stories

Lawrence Kim
May 29, 2020

President Donald Trump has terminated the United States' membership from the World Health Organisation.

"The world is now suffering as a result of the misfeasance of the Chinese government", Trump said.

He noted that the U.S. contributes about 450 million United States dollars (£360 million) to the world body while China provides about 40 million dollars (£32 million). China meanwhile pays approximately $50 million a year - although Beijing had recently announced a $2 billion injection of funds. "Countless lives have been taken and profound economic hardship has been inflicted across the globe".

Trump's statement comes a week after he threatened to permanently halt funding for the World Health Organization (WHO) if it did not commit to improvements within 30 days, and to reconsider the membership of the United States in the body.

Earlier this month, Trump threatened to withdraw from the World Health Organization, sparking opprobrium from global leaders who have said the worldwide group is more important than ever in the context of the pandemic. Trump called the move a "tragedy for people of Hong Kong" and added that China had replaced its famed "one country two systems" with "one country, one system". He said his administration will look into eliminating policies that give Hong Kong preferential treatment.

He claims "China has total control over the World Health Organization". The president did not institute sanctions on Chinese officials as was anticipated.

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