Trump suspends US funding to WHO in the face of COvid-19 pandemic

The recent attacks by the President of the United States, Donald Trump, against the World Health Organization materialized on Tuesday. The president made the announcement denouncing the ‘mismanagement’ of WHO in the face of the new coronavirus epidemic.

United States President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday the suspension of his country's funding to the World Health Organization (WHO), accusing it of covering up the severity of the Covid-19 outbreak in China before it spread throughout the world. The recent attacks by the President of the United States, Donald Trump, against the World Health Organization materialized on Tuesday. The president made the announcement denouncing the ‘mismanagement’ of WHO in the face of the new coronavirus epidemic.
Trump suspends US funding to WHO in the face of COvid-19 pandemic
Washington News Update: - United States President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday the suspension of his country's funding to the World Health Organization (WHO), accusing it of covering up the severity of the Covid-19 outbreak in China before it spread throughout the world.
After days of speculation, the US president announced that his country temporarily suspends the financial contribution it makes to the WHO, while investigating the role the international body plays in the current coronavirus crisis.
‘I instruct my government to stop funding while an investigation is being conducted into the WHO's role in mismanagement and covering up the spread of the coronavirus,’ Trump said.
‘The WHO failed in its main duty and must be held accountable,’ he added.
‘Many countries said they were going to listen to the WHO and now they have problems they cannot believe,’ said Trump, who criticized the organization for not restricting travel from China, the focus of the pandemic's origin.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres reacted to Trump's decision and said that ‘now is not the time’ to cut resources to the WHO.

‘False information’

The decision to suspend WHO funding comes with Trump himself in the crosshairs for his handling of the crisis in the United States, the country in the world with the most deaths from covid-19.
In January, shortly after signing a trade agreement with Beijing, the President of the United States had praised China for how it contained the virus.
But now Trump questions whether the Asian giant would have told the truth.
‘The world received all kinds of false information... If the WHO had gone to China to monitor the outbreak, more lives would have been saved,’ the president said.
‘His confidence in China's data perhaps caused a 20-fold increase in the number of cases in the world,’ he criticized.
‘His mistakes have caused many deaths,’ he accused, and said that the United Nations entity ‘covered up’ the severity of the outbreak due to its supposed proximity to China.
‘If the WHO had done its job of sending medical experts to China to objectively gauge the situation on the ground and criticize China's lack of transparency, the outbreak could have been contained in the focus with very few deaths,’ Trump speculated.
‘This would have saved thousands of lives and avoided economic damage worldwide. Instead, the WHO voluntarily accepted China's guarantees and defended the actions of the Chinese government,’ he added.
‘Trump attacks the growing influence of China’: Barbara Plett-analysis Usher, a BBC correspondent in the Department of State US
On the one hand, this movement has to do with the coronavirus. Members of the Trump government have strongly accused the WHO for what they consider to be errors in the treatment of the pandemic when they say that the entity allowed itself to be influenced by China.
They say the WHO was very willing to support China's first statements, which downplayed the virus, and that it did not press hard enough against Beijing's attempts to cover up the information.
In particular, President Trump was unhappy with the WHO's criticism of his decision to cancel all trips from China.
On the other hand, this movement is part of a larger effort by the Trump government to cut China's growing global influence, especially in international organizations.
As reported by The Wall Street Journal, the decision seeks to pressure the agency to hire more American personnel.
Trump had already accused the WHO of putting political correctness above its task of saving lives and of being on the side of China, a country whose transparency in the pandemic has been widely criticized from the United States.

$ 400 million

It is estimated that the contribution of the United States to the WHO is close to 15% of all funding from the entity. It is the country that makes the largest contribution, in the order of US $ 400 million.
But Trump also said he had ‘serious doubts that the generosity of the United States has been used in the best possible way.’

Trump has been highly critical of WHO's role on the international stage.

China's contribution in 2018-19 was almost $ 76 million in contributions and $ 10 million in voluntary contributions, according to the WHO website.
The organization asked in March for $ 675 million to help fight the pandemic and is expected to ask for at least $ 1 billion now.
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