WORLD NEWS | Trump Says Terminating U.S. Relationship With World Health Organization Over Virus

NEW YORK – U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said he is termination the U.S. relationship with the World Health Organization over its handling of the coronavirus, saying the WHO has essentially become a puppet organization of China.

Appearing in the White House Rose Garden, Trump went ahead with repeated threats to eliminate American funding for the group, which amounts to hundreds of millions of dollars a year.

Trump said the who had failed to make reforms to the organization that the president had demanded earlier this month. He said Chinese officials ‘ignored their reporting obligations’ about the virus to the WHO and pressured the WHO to ‘mislead the world’ when the virus was first discovered by Chinese authorities.

‘China has total control over the World Health Organization despite only paying $40 million per year compared to what the United States has been paying which is approximately $450 million a year. We have detailed the reforms that it must make and engaged with them directly but they have refused to act’, said Trump.

‘Because they have failed to make the requested and greatly needed reforms, we will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization and redirecting those funds to other worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs’, he said.

Trump has long questioned the value of the United Nations and scorned the importance of multilateralism as he focused on an ‘America First’ agenda. Since taking office, Trump has quit the U.N. Human Rights Council, the U.N. cultural agency UNESCO, a global accord to tackle climate change and the Iran nuclear deal.

The World Health Organization is a U.N. specialized agency – an independent international body that works with the United Nations. The WHO and a spokesman for U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Trump’s decision.


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