As President Trump explores options for reinstating funding of the World Health Organization, GOP Senator Lindsey Graham declared that he’d happily “double” the country’s contributions if Bill Gates were in charge of the group.
Last week, a video surfaced in which Sen. Graham called for the WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to resign, replaced by the globalist Microsoft founder.
Lindsey Graham just said that he would DOUBLE the funding if the WHO would appoint Bill Gates as the leader…
Lindsey is back to his RINO days. pic.twitter.com/57SozxG4Ma
— Greg Musselwhite (R) FL20 (@GregMusselwhit3) May 15, 2020
Graham, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, discussed his ideal pick for Director-General in an interview on ABC’s “The View” last month.
“What I want to see [is] a change of leadership because I think they conspired with China to downplay the nature of the virus,” Graham said at the time.
“They reported all through January there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission,” he added. “I’ve lost confidence. The money that’s being suspended will go to other people throughout the world to deal with health issues.”
“The WHO has great scientists, but it’s lost confidence — I’ve lost confidence in the leadership,” Graham went on. “So a guy like Bill Gates — if Bill Gates was in charge of the WHO, I would double the funding because I think we need a WHO, but he’s not.”
As we previously reported, Trump froze all funding of the WHO last month over its early handling of the coronavirus pandemic and apparent favoritism toward the Communist Chinese government.
Now, the Trump administration is poised to reinstate at least partial funding.
“Dr. Tedros Adhanom has thoroughly disgraced himself and his organization for four years, but particularly throughout this virus epidemic,” Fox News host Tucker Carlson said of the organization’s leader on Friday.
“We’re told the president supposedly has agreed to sign the letter if he hasn’t already,” Carlson said, referring to a five-page draft letter addressed to the WHO’s Director-General which reportedly said the U.S. “will continue to partner and work with the WHO and agree to pay up to what China pays in assessed contributions.”
Fox Business host Lou Dobbs questioned whether it was wise to reinstate funding of the WHO while its leadership remains virtually unchanged, prompting a direct response from Trump himself. “This is just one of numerous concepts being considered,” the president said.
Lou, this is just one of numerous concepts being considered under which we would pay 10% of what we have been paying over many years, matching much lower China payments. Have not made final decision. All funds are frozen. Thanks! https://t.co/xQUzHy4NDa
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 16, 2020
It is unclear why Graham would want Gates tapped for WHO leadership, especially in light of the multi-billionaire’s sharp criticism of the initial decision to defund the organization.
Halting funding for the World Health Organization during a world health crisis is as dangerous as it sounds. Their work is slowing the spread of COVID-19 and if that work is stopped no other organization can replace them. The world needs @WHO now more than ever.
— Bill Gates (@BillGates) April 15, 2020
In response to Trump’s move to defund the WHO, Bill and Melinda Gates pledged an additional $150 million to the organization. The couple’s charity foundation is also the organization’s second-largest donor.
“I have a lot of respect for Bill Gates and his work in the public health arena,” Graham said in a statement last month, according to BizPac Review.
“The Gates Foundation, under Bill and Melinda’s leadership, has a reputation for investing in programs which are well-run and produce results,” Graham stated.
He did note, however, that “Bill Gates’ decision to defend the performance of the WHO during the coronavirus crisis and current WHO leadership ignores overwhelming evidence of China bias and incompetence.”
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