President Trump put a temporary freeze on the United States’ funding of the World Health Organization. The president cited WHO’s response and handling of the COVID-19 outbreak as the cause of this decision.
The decision came with a 60-90 investigation by the administration into why the WHO appeared to follow China’s lead, rather than alert the world to the threat of the virus. That investigation has turned up some concerning findings.
President Trump just sent a letter to the WHO’s director, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. He warned him that unless WHO makes “substantive improvements” in the next month, he will cut funding permanently.
President Trump released a blistering letter late Monday to the head of the World Health Organization, stating that his administration conducted an investigation that confirmed the health body’s multiple failures in the early stages of the coronavirus outbreak, and warned that his current funding freeze will become permanent if the organization does not make “substantive” improvements within 30 days.
Why It’s Important:
The United States provides between $400-500 million to WHO a year, far more than any other nation. Despite this significant contribution, President Trump says WHO is “bowing” to the Communist Chinese Party.
He accused the organization of promoting China’s claims throughout the outbreak, claims many believe to be inaccurate.
Without funding from the United States, WHO might not be able to continue its global efforts to battle disease. In his letter to Dr. Tedros, President Trump outlined the many ways he believes WHO lacks “independence” from China.
Trump promises to resume funding to this organization, on the condition it can convince him they make changes to their practices.
- President Trump has informed WHO that his temporary freeze of support might become permanent.
- Trump has given the organization 30 days to demonstrate a change in behavior, most notably “independence” from China.
- The global organization receives hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars from the United States.
Source: Fox News