In an intense speech delivered from the White House Rose Garden, President Donald Trump announced on Friday that the United States would finally be cutting all ties with the World Health Organization.
As we reported last month, the president heeded mounting calls for the globalist organization to be defunded over its apparent favoritism toward China and complicity in sweeping the early days of the coronavirus pandemic under the rug.
Now, that suspension of funding is permanent.
“The world is now suffering as a result of the malfeasance of the Chinese government,” Trump said on Friday.
“China’s cover-up of the Wuhan Virus allowed the disease to spread all over the world, instigating a global pandemic that has cost more than 100,000 American lives and over a million lives worldwide,” the president continued.
“Chinese officials ignored their reporting obligations to the World Health Organization and pressured the World Health Organization to mislead the world when the virus was first discovered by Chinese authorities.”
President Trump also slammed China on trade, accused the Communist regime of intellectual property theft, and announced that Hong Kong’s special trade status would be revoked over the oppressive handling of pro-democracy protesters by its leadership.
Trump then rested his crosshairs on the WHO.
“China has total control over the World Health Organization despite only paying $40 million per year compared to what the United States has been paying, which is approximately $450 million a year,” Trump declared. “We have detailed the reforms that it must make and engaged with them directly, but they have refused to act.”
“Because they have failed to make the requested and greatly needed reforms,” the president stated, “we will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization and redirecting those funds to other worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs.”
The president took no questions at the event.
Unsurprisingly, Democrats of all stripes and ranks slammed the president’s move.
Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton, mocked the announcement and claimed that America would be “less likely to get answers on anything (or viral samples for research) if we’re not a WHO member.”
Trump said “The world needs answers from China on the virus.” We’re less likely to get answers on anything (or viral samples for research), if we’re not a @WHO member. He’s planning on “redirecting funding”-where? For what? Polio? AIDS? Malaria? TB? https://t.co/ClyWcRnW54
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) May 29, 2020
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) criticized Trump’s apparent failure to discuss the two topics that “matter” at this moment, namely coronavirus and racism.
“President Trump’s Rose Garden event just now was pathetic. It perfectly encapsulates his inability to lead when our nation needs it most. The only question is whether President Trump is afraid to lead or just doesn’t know how,” Schumer said in a statement, according to The Hill.
“Our communities are hurting from senseless murders and years of racism and injustice,” Schumer argued. “But President Trump is only interested in scapegoating and divisiveness when he should be leading.”
Others applauded the president’s bold move, including House GOP whip Steve Scalise, who stated that “America doesn’t need to be paying an organization hundreds of millions of dollars a year to lie to us and do more to aid Communist China’s cover-up than protect the world from a pandemic.”
America doesn't need to be paying an organization hundreds of millions of dollars a year to lie to us and do more to aid Communist China's cover-up than protect the world from a pandemic.@realDonaldTrump is right to terminate our relationship with the World Health Organization.
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) May 29, 2020
In consideration of the organization’s overwhelmingly pro-abortion agenda, pro-life speaker and advocate Lila Rose rejoiced that America had finally severed ties with the WHO:
President Trump has just terminated our relationship with @WHO, a pro-abortion organization that claims:
– Killing children advances “health”
– Contraception is one of the "best investments for women’s health"
– Abortion is an "essential service" during #COVID19
— Lila Rose (@LilaGraceRose) May 29, 2020
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