Trump Stops All Funding To WHO Amid Claims It Is Being Strong-Armed By China

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President Trump announced on Tuesday that the United States would be hitting the pause button on all funding that would usually go to the World Health Organization.

As the Daily Caller reports, Trump has recently been critical of the WHO especially for the way it has helped Chinese authorities’ in covering up the origins and impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

Reuters reports Trump said the WHO “parroted and publicly endorsed” Chinese talking points and were not being honest. “The WHO failed in this basic duty and must be held accountable.”

From the Daily Caller New Foundation:

The WHO has faced a mounting backlash for running interference for Chinese authorities’ cover-up of the COVID-19 outbreak. WHO officials have consistently echoed Chinese propaganda in talking about the virus.

WHO scientist Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove said Monday that she suspected human-to-human transmission of the novel coronavirus “right from the start,” beginning on Dec. 31, 2019.

But WHO officials echoed Chinese authorities and denied any suggestion of human-to-human transmission for weeks after Dec. 31. Chinese doctors, meanwhile, were reported to have known for weeks prior that the virus could be transmitted between humans.

As Reuters reports, the United States contributed more than $400 million to the WHO in 2019—about 15 percent of its total budget.

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WHO leaders, alongside a chorus of world leaders, condemned Trump’s decision to suspend the funding amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

From the report:

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said it was not the time to reduce resources for the WHO.

“Now is the time for unity and for the international community to work together in solidarity to stop this virus and its shattering consequences,” he said in a statement.

China, which has won WHO praise for its actions to curb the virus’s spread, urged the United States on Wednesday to fulfil its obligations to the WHO.

“This decision weakens the WHO’s capability and harms international cooperation,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said.

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Twitter: “Deeply regret U.S. decision to suspend funding to WHO. There is no reason justifying this move at a moment when their efforts are needed more than ever.”