COVID-19: President Trump Says US Will Terminate All Ties With WHO

US President Donald Trump said he will redirect the funds” to other global public health charities.

Published30 May 2020, 05:24 AM IST
World
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The United States of America will be terminating its relationship with the World Health Organisation (WHO) immediately, President Donald Trump said while addressing a briefing in the White House Rose Garden on Friday, 29 May.

“We will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organisation and directing those funds” to other global public health charities.”
US President Donald Trump

In the briefing, he also attacked China on several issues like origin of the coronavirus, recent developments in Hong Kong, border disputes in the South China Sea and alleged human rights abuses. He also announced measures aimed at punishing China, the BBC reported.

"The world is now suffering as a result of the malfeasance of the Chinese government," he says, adding that China "instigated a global pandemic that has cost over 100,000 American lives".

China, he said, "pressured the World Health Organisation to mislead the world" about the virus.

"Countless lives have been taken and profound economic hardship has been inflicted all around the globe," he adds.

Trump’s criticism of the WHO started last month when he threatened to permanently withdraw US funding if the body did not “commit to major substantive improvements in the next 30 days”.

"It is clear the repeated missteps by you and your organization in responding to the pandemic have been extremely costly for the world," Trump wrote in a letter to the WHO director-general on 18 May.

"The only way forward for the World Health Organisation is if it can actually demonstrate independence from China."

In Friday’s White House speech, Trump said "China has total control over the World Health Organization", despite paying the organisation a fraction of what the US does.

China has accused the US of being responsible for the spread of the virus on its own soil, attributing the outbreak to American "politicians who lie".

(With inputs from IANS)

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