In a bold, unprecedented move, President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that the nation would be suspending all funding of the World Health Organization pending a review of the organization’s handling of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
“So much death has been caused by their mistakes,” Trump said at yesterday’s White House coronavirus briefing, claiming that the WHO had failed to thoroughly investigate and report on the initial outbreak in Wuhan.
“Today I’m instructing my administration to halt funding of the World Health Organization while a review is conducted to assess the World Health Organization’s role in severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the Coronavirus. Everybody knows what’s going on there,” Trump said. “American taxpayers provided between $400 million and $500 million per year to the W.H.O. In contrast, China contributes $40 million a year and even less as the organization’s leading sponsor.”
Trump referred to assessed contributions and voluntary contributions from each WHO member country, a list that sees the United States squarely at the top.
“The United States has a duty to insist on full accountability, one of the most dangerous and costly decisions from the W.H.O. was its disastrous decision to oppose travel restrictions from China and other nations,” the president continued. “They were very much opposed to what we did. Fortunately, I was not convinced and suspended travel from China, saving untold numbers of lives. Thousands and thousands of people would have died. Had other nations likewise suspended travel from China countless more lives would have been saved. Instead, look at the rest of the world and look at parts of Europe. Other nations and regions who followed W.H.O. guidelines and kept their borders open to China accelerated the pandemic all around the world.”
“With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have deep concerns whether America’s generosity has been put to the best use possible,” Trump went on. “The reality is that the W.H.O. failed to adequately obtain, vet, and share information in a timely and transparent fashion. The world depends on the W.H.O. to work with countries to ensure that accurate information about international health threats is shared in a timely manner, and, if it’s not, to independently tell the world the truth about what is happening.”
“The W.H.O. failed in this basic duty and must be held accountable,” the president concluded. “The W.H.O. Failed to investigate credible reports from sources in Wuhan that conflicted directly with the Chinese government’s official accounts. There was credible information to suspect human to human transmission in December 2019, which should have spurred the W.H.O. to investigate and investigate immediately. Through the middle of January, it parroted and publicly endorsed the idea that there was not human to human happening despite reports and clear evidence to the contrary.”
As we recently reported, calls for the WHO to be defunded have been mounting in light of their handling of the coronavirus pandemic, but they are not novel.
In the past, the Trump administration has boldly stood up to the United Nations, the WHO’s parent organization, as they sought to advance access to abortion across the globe. It is not a moment too soon that our tax dollars stop supporting each and every one of these corrupt globalist organizations.
America is a sovereign nation. We should not be bowing down—much less paying millions of dollars—to foreign governing bodies. It’s that simple.
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