During emergencies, the group, a United Nations agency, seeks to identify threats and mitigate risks, support the development of health tools during outbreaks and “support the delivery of essential health services in contexts fragile ”, according to the website.
Earlier on Tuesday, the largest bloc of United Nations member states addressed a veiled but pointed criticism of the United States regarding the international response to the coronavirus pandemic, denouncing the use of economic sanctions during the crisis and rejecting any ” stigma or discrimination ”in the battle to defeat the deadly scourge. The United States has resisted pressure from other member states to lift economic sanctions against Iran, one of the countries hardest hit by the virus.
Mr. Trump’s accusations against the W.H.O. follow similar criticism from Republican lawmakers who have appeared on Fox News in recent days.
These lawmakers accused the organization of failing to question China’s reports of the spread of the coronavirus. Several senators have appeared on Fox News, the president’s favorite network, to accuse the organization of being responsible for not stopping the virus.
“If they had done their job, everyone would have been better prepared,” said Florida Republican Senator Rick Scott in an interview with the network on Monday evening. “We would not have stopped this economy, and we would not have killed all these people all over the world. “
Scott, who sits on the Senate Committee on Homeland Security, said that he had spoken with Wisconsin Republican Senator and Senator Johnson and the chair of the committee, and that Mr. Johnson had agreed to investigate the response from the WHO Idaho Republican Senator Jim Risch and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday also called for an independent investigation into how the group handled the response.
Arizona Republican Senator Martha McSally called the executive director of W.H.O. to resign. And a group of Republican senators sent a letter to the group in January, asking that Taiwan, which is not a member of the organization, be included in emergency briefings on the virus.
“Very necessary,” said Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz in response to Mr. Trump’s tweet Tuesday morning. “WHO. has been far too willing to parrot Chinese propaganda. ”
Emily Cochrane contributed to Washington reporting and Rick Gladstone from New York.