Nearly a week after US President threatening statement to WHO, finally on Tuesday, Trump instructed his administration to halt funding to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Trump has granted a review that will cover “role in severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of coronavirus.”
The United States is the biggest funder of WHO, constitutes 15% of its total funding. US provide $400m last year. While China contribute $76m in 2018-19 and an additional $10m in voluntary funding to WHO.
I am directing my administration to halt funding while a review is conducted to assess the World Health Organization’s role in severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the coronavirus: Donald Trump told in a news conference at the White House.
“Had the WHO done its job to get medical experts into China to objectively assess the situation on the ground and to call out China’s lack of transparency, the outbreak could have been contained at its source with very little death,” Trump told to reporters.
“The WHO failed in its basic duty and it must be held accountable,” He added.
It is ironic that in January 25, Trump praised China for their hard work in containing the Coronavirus. He also thank Chinese President Xi for the efforts and to maintain transparency in this issue.
China has been working very hard to contain the Coronavirus. The United States greatly appreciates their efforts and transparency. It will all work out well. In particular, on behalf of the American People, I want to thank President Xi!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 24, 2020
After Donald Trump remarks, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said now was “not the time” to be cutting resources for the WHO.
Although many believed, Trump himself didn’t taken the coronavirus threat seriously in the early phases, and now Trump trying to hide their mistakes by blaming other for US conditions.
As of now United States has 614,211 coronavirus cases and the death toll stands 26,064. New York is the most infected city in the world with 203,123 infected patients and the deaths crossed 10,000 mark.