Bolton joins calls for resignation of WHO director: “Complicit in China’s massive cover-up”

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Former national security adviser John Bolton joins growing calls for the director of the World Health Organization to resign, calling him “an accomplice to China’s massive cover-up” while the world is at risk caught in the coronavirus pandemic.

World Health Organization chief executive Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has faced calls for his resignation from US politicians and others who link the group to China’s lack of transparency regarding the seriousness COVID-19.

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“The @WHO is an accomplice to the massive cover-up of Covid19 in China,” Bolton tweeted Monday evening. “This is why I support the efforts of @marcorubio & @tedcruz in favor of the resignation of the Director-General of WHO. “

He added: “He misled the world by blindly trusting a communist regime determined to deceive. “

In early February, a few days after President Trump introduced a travel ban for foreign nationals who had recently visited China, the WHO director analyzed responses to coronaviruses that “unnecessarily interfere with travel and international trade, “according to Reuters.

He also tweeted China’s praise on March 20, saying ” [f]or the first time, #China did not report any # COVID19 domestic cases yesterday. This is an incredible achievement, which reassures us all that #coronavirus can be defeated. “

The tweet came amid allegations that the numbers of coronaviruses reported by China were not accurate, but were manipulated to make the country’s response to the pandemic stronger than it was.

FILE PHOTO: The director general of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a press conference on the situation of the coronavirus (COVID-2019), in Geneva, Switzerland, on February 28, 2020. REUTERS / Denis Balibouse / File Photo - RC2UNF9XPL14

FILE PHOTO: The director general of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a press conference on the situation of the coronavirus (COVID-2019), in Geneva, Switzerland, on February 28, 2020. REUTERS / Denis Balibouse / File Photo – RC2UNF9XPL14

Communications from the World Health Organization have been used by China to reinforce the message of the nation as it seeks to deflect blame for the pandemic, which, according to a study by the University of Southampton, could have be “reduced by 95% globally” if China had acted for three weeks earlier.

Meanwhile, the Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., And Ted Cruz, R-Texas, are among the American politicians calling on the head of the WHO to report on his organization’s performance during the pandemic.

“Once this pandemic is under control, WHO management should be held accountable. This includes managing director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who authorized Beijing to use WHO to deceive the world community, “said Rubio. ” At this moment, [Tedros] is either an accomplice or dangerously incompetent. None of these possibilities bodes well for his future as head of this critical organization. “

A Cruz spokesman doubled his calls, saying that the WHO should consider removing Tedros from his head.

“Senator Cruz believes that WHO has lost the credibility it needs to be effective, and a reassessment of its leadership is urgent,” said the spokesman for the Washington Free Beacon.

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The United States is the main contributor to WHO. The most recent bill from WHO in the United States, which is one of the many countries that fund the organization, was nearly $ 116 million a year. The United States also voluntarily contributes an additional $ 100 million to $ 400 million a year to WHO for specific projects – contributions that totaled more than $ 400 million in 2017, the most recent year for which figures are available.

This means that the United States contributed more than $ 500 million in total to WHO that year, which is just under a quarter of the organization’s annual budget. WHO’s total budget for 2016 and 2017 combined was more than $ 4 billion.

By Tuesday morning, the number of coronavirus cases worldwide had exceeded 1.3 million, with more than 75,900 deaths, the United States reporting more than 368,400 positive cases of COVID-19 and nearly 11,000 deaths.

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