Trump threatens to cut funding for the World Health Organization over coronavirus handling
During his daily press conference, President Trump suggested he would cut funding for the World Health Organization over their handling of the coronavirus.
Trump tweeted his frustrations early Tuesday morning saying WHO “really blew it.”
During the press conference, the president stated over and over again how the WHO organization made numerous bad calls. Republicans also chimed in, calling for the resignation of WHO Director Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
Republican Senator of Arizona, Martha McSally, spoke on Fox News saying, “I think Dr. Tedros needs to step down. We need to take some action to address this issue. It’s just irresponsible. It’s unconscionable what they have done here while we have people dying across the globe.”
On Jan. 30, WHO declared Covid-19 a public health emergency. On Feb. 24, the president tweeted that the virus was “very much under control in the USA” and praised WHO for “working hard and very smart.”
The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA. We are in contact with everyone and all relevant countries. CDC & World Health have been working hard and very smart. Stock Market starting to look very good to me!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 24, 2020
It was not until mid-March that President Trump ordered the necessary medical equipment and declared a national emergency.
President Trump also complained that despite being funded mostly by the United States, the organization was very “China-centric.”
A 2020 invoice from WHO to the USA shows that America is the organization’s most significant contributor – giving roughly $116 million per year. That number doesn’t include the $400 million the US gave voluntarily for special projects.
Reporter Ben Irwin called this threat towards WHO an “A+ level Trump distraction.” Writing that Trump was merely giving the public something to look at:
>> A+ level Trump distraction.
When later asked if it would be wise to stop funding W.H.O. during a pandemic, Trump said is was merely something ‘he’s looking at’.
So Trump succeeds in getting numerous questions asked on something that’s not even happening. https://t.co/e8lo2xkYkM
— Ben Irwin (@BenGIrwin) April 7, 2020
Twitter user DKPeoples believes the blame should not be on WHO:
Today Trump is blaming the W.H.O. and cutting off their funding. I don’t understand why this once-great nation rolls over for this. The guy’s a mafia boss and there are actually people who eat his shit in public. UN FUCKING BELIEVABLE. pic.twitter.com/mpoHJGAxIg
— David Peoples (@DKPeoples) April 7, 2020