Trump announces halt to WHO funding amid coronavirus pandemic that has killed 26,000 Americans

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Updated: March 7, 2021

President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday the United States will immediately halt all funding for the World Health Organization (WHO) amid coronavirus pandemic that has killed 26,000 Americans.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Head of World Health Organization
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Head of World Health Organization

Trump claimed WHO had put “political correctness over lifesaving measures.”

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Speaking at a White House coronavirus press briefing on Tuesday, Trump said the United States “will be forced” to pursue other options as it investigates why the WHO had caused “so much death” by “severely mismanaging and covering up” the coronavirus’ spread.

“We have deep concerns over whether America’s generosity has been put to the best use possible,” Trump said, accusing the WHO of failing to adequately keep the international community apprised of the threat of the coronavirus.

“The WHO failed in this duty, and must be held accountable,” Trump said. He added that the WHO had ignored “credible information” in December 2019 that the virus could be transmitted from human to human.

In an election year, Trump has tried to blame others for his own failures that have caused tens of thousands of dead in the United States.

Jeremy Konyndyk, the former head of the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance at USAID under former President Obama, and is now senior fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD), said President Trump was trying to distract from his own failures.

“This is an attempt to distract from the USG’s own failings by throwing WHO under the bus instead,” he wrote.

CGD executive vice president Amanda Glassman recently told the Guardian the real test for the WHO is yet to come, as multiple LMICs prepare for an outbreak of the coronavirus.

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Simon Ateba Washington DC
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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  1. While Trump pulls a couple hundred millions U$D from WHO , an international health organization representing over 1 billion peoples health needs, he awards 200 Israeli/Jews Non- Government tax free non profit groups,(NGOs), 60 Billions out of Emergency Small Buisness relief grant program, 200 Jewish firms dividing 60 Billions while tens of thousands of over 100,000 small businesses will get on average 10,000 U$D each.
    Of course no one in US dares question the reason those 200 tax free non profit dodges that are no more than a nationwide Lobby firm for Israeli interest deserves such a bonus.
    What would 60 billion dollars of meant to the health of hundreds of Africans in their hours of need.
    Why no questions, simple, we, each US citizen, and. is being bribed with 1200 USD check each unemployment checks and increase in food stamps.
    We sell ourselves quite cheaply, while thinking our lives deserve more luxuries than hundreds of billions of other nations poor.
    Europe sends money to Africa because they do not want millions more of poor and Africans entering their nation.
    But the wealthy of Africa will as usual don white mans suits and be met with open arms.

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