“Today, I order my administration to suspend funding to the World Health Organization while a review is conducted to assess the role of the World Health Organization in the mismanagement and concealment of the spread of the coronavirus, “he said.
“Everyone knows what’s going on there. “
Trump threatens to withdraw WHO funds from coronavirus agency response
Trump has said the agency’s government review would take “60 to 90 days.”
The President said the WHO did not disclose or respond to what he called “credible” information in December that suggested the virus could be spread by human-to-human transmission.
“It would have been so easy to be honest,” he said of the WHO.
In February, Trump called COVID-19 a “new hoax” at a rally in Charleston, South Carolina.
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“One of my collaborators came up to me and said,” Mr. President, they tried to beat you against Russia, Russia, Russia. “It didn’t work too well. Said Trump. “They couldn’t do it. They tried the removal hoax. … They tried everything. … And here is their new hoax. “
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According to Trump, American taxpayers pay between 400 and 500 million dollars a year to the WHO.
In contrast, he said China contributes around $ 40 million a year.
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“As the main sponsor of the organization, the United States has a duty to insist on full responsibility, one of the most dangerous and costly decisions by WHO has been its disastrous decision to oppose the travel restrictions from China and other countries, “added Trump.
He also criticized the WHO for praising transparency in China and praising the country’s efforts to contain the virus.
In January, Trump also praised China for “working very hard to contain the coronavirus” on Twitter.
“China has worked very hard to contain the coronavirus. The United States greatly appreciates their efforts and their transparency, ”he tweeted.
“Everything will work well. “
Meanwhile, the President of the United States House, Nancy Pelosi, issued a scathing letter criticizing the President for his “incompetent response to this health crisis”.
In the letter, she criticized Trump for initially downplaying the virus and accused him of lying to Americans about the availability of adequate tests for American citizens.
Trump says China is “working very hard” to fight the coronavirus epidemic
“The truth is that a weak person, a poor leader, takes no responsibility. A weak person blames others, ”reads the letter.
In a statement to the National Democratic Convention, they said that Trump had ignored warnings about the virus for months while praising China’s “transparency”.
“Trump is ready to put global health at greater risk in an attempt to divert the blame from his own failures,” the statement said.
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