Donald Trump Announces Hold on World Health Organization Funding

Clay Curtis
April 8, 2020

However, Trump himself has been widely criticized for initially downplaying the virus, which he likened to an ordinary flu and said was under control in the United States, before later accepting that it was a national emergency.

"We give a majority of the money that they get, and it's much more than the USD58 million".

'Fortunately I rejected their advice on keeping our borders open to China early on, ' Trump tweeted Tuesday. "Don't close your borders, they strongly recommended". The WHO declared COVID-19 a public health emergency on January 30, almost a month before Trump tweeted that "The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA" and a full 43 days before he declared a national emergency in the United States. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) said in a statement.

Democratic lawmakers, governors and politicians criticised the President's response to the pandemic, claiming he did too little, too late.

U.S. conservatives have increasingly criticised the World Health Organization during the global pandemic, saying it relied on faulty data from China about the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

But on February 3, World Health Organization said such bans were not needed. Senator Martha McSally last week called on World Health Organization director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to step down.

As did Sen. Martha McSally, an Arizona Republican. The same day the health agency urged borders remain open, the Trump administration issued a travel advisory telling USA citizens not to travel to China.

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"I think Dr Tedros needs to step down", McSally said on Fox Business Network.

'We need to take some actions to address this issue. "It's just irresponsible, it's unconscionable what they have done here while we have people dying across the globe", the senator continued.

World Health Organization declared the situation a pandemic in mid-March.

Through it all, he has spoken positively about Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Mr Trump stated that he did not trust China's information. "And we fund it", Trump said. McSally called the director a "communist" and accused him of helping China hide its underreporting of coronavirus case numbers.

"For the Secretary-General (Antonio Guterres) it is clear that WHO, under the leadership of Dr Tedros, has done tremendous work on Covid, in supporting countries with millions of pieces of equipment being shipped out, on helping countries with training, on providing global guidelines - WHO is showing the strength of the worldwide health system", he told reporters.

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