U.S. funding of the World Health Organization is under immense scrutiny as information pointing to the organization facilitating China’s lack of transparency regarding the initial coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan continues to surface.
In light of the WHO’s apparent willingness to cater to the Communist Chinese Party, President Donald Trump has said his administration is seriously weighing punitive measures, up to and including defunding, the UN organization.
In a press conference last week, President Trump stated that the United States was “going to put a hold on money spent to the WHO. We’re going to put a very powerful hold on it and we’re going to see.”
“The WHO really blew it,” Trump added, noting the fact that the WHO receives more money from the United States than any other member nation. “They called it wrong. They call it wrong. They really, they missed the call.”
On Friday, Trump signaled that a temporary hold on funding may be in the works and said that his administration would discuss the organization “in great detail” this week, but that he wanted to wait until after Easter and after “we had all the facts.”
So just how much does the United States pay the World Health Organization?
There are two kinds of payments – assessed contributions and voluntary supplementary assessed contributions. The first one is what countries have to pay to be a member of the organization and the total amount is calculated relative to wealth and population. The second is obviously voluntary and a higher financial contribution members are encouraged to make.
In its most recent budget proposal in February, the Trump administration requested a reduction in U.S. financial contributions to the WHO from $122.6m to an assessed contribution of $57.9m. Despite the slashed budget, that figure still makes the U.S. the WHO’s top financial contributor by far. China pays in the second highest sum, $28.6m, followed by Japan’s $20.5m. The total sum of assessed contributions invoiced by the WHO on January 01 and due for payment this year stood at $246.8 million, of which $79 million had been paid by members as of March 31.
Several public health officials have spent the last few days pleading with the Trump administration to preserve funding to the organization.
“I don’t think this is a time to defund the WHO, given the fact that I think this is going to become an epidemic in the Southern Hemisphere, in parts of the world that don’t have resources to deal with this kind of a global issue,” Scott Gottlieb, the administration’s former Food and Drug Administration commissioner, said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
However, Gottlieb did concede that Trump “raised a lot of valid concerns” about China’s transparency regarding the coronavirus outbreak.
“China was not truthful with the world at the outset of this,” Gottlieb said. “Had they been more truthful with the world, which would have enabled them to be more truthful with themselves, they might have actually been able to contain this entirely.”
Many conservatives, on the other hand, are applauding Trump’s resolve and urging him to defund the WHO, citing the organization’s rabidly pro-abortion stance.
A petition from LifeSiteNews reports:
Many believe that WHO’s slavish subservience to the corrupt Chinese regime clouded their judgment, especially at the outset of the crisis, and may have resulted in greater illness and financial devastation than if the health organization had not been so willing to help protect China’s reputation.
And, it gets even worse…
Subsequent to their apparent political compromise, WHO recently released a guidance document on access to abortion during the pandemic, saying that women’s choices and rights to sexual reproductive health care should be respected irrespective of [their] COVID-19 status.
In battling the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the federal government signed a $2 trillion stimulus package. One might argue that it’s wise for our country to look at cutting spending anywhere it can. Why not start with cutting off an organization that is actively working to legitimize the murder of unborn children around the globe as “reproductive healthcare?”
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