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

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.”

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 is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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