• Nechemyah Levi

Trump Considering "Powerful" Defunding of WHO

Trump in the White House press room, AP/Evan Vucci

President Trump announced this week that the United States would halt funding to the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO has been at the epicenter of Coronavirus response effort in China, but doubts of the Organization's impartial aid have crept in.

When asked about these doubts President Trump answered,

“They’ve been wrong about a lot of things, We’re going to put a hold on money sent to the WHO. We’re going to put a very powerful hold on it.”

The U.S. has provided the agency with $893 million during the agency’s current two-year funding period, That funding accounts for about a significant percentage of WHO’s total funding. Trump said his announcement was not a meant to end all U.S. government funding for WHO, but a hold to give the white house the opportunity to “look at it.”

The World Health Organization has faced heavy scrutiny recently for not acknowledging China's cover-up of Wuhan cases, and then subsequently not declaring a health emergency in time after Coronavirus started spreading. Weeks ago, in frustration the Prime Minister of Japan declared that the organization should be renamed the "Chinese Health Organization" for their mishandling of the pandemic.

Trump also lashed out at the organization for criticizing his decision in January to block travel to the U.S. from certain countries.

“They actually criticized and disagreed with my travel ban at the time I did it, and they were wrong,” Trump said.

Trump seemingly concluded his early criticisms of the WHO with a tweet saying:

This story is still developing.

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