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Trump questions WHO decision-making

by Harvest Prude
Posted 4/09/20, 11:59 am

President Donald Trump wants to withhold U.S. aid from the World Health Organization for its “China-centric” messaging concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. He cited on Tuesday the agency’s bungled early warnings about the disease. The United States is the WHO’s largest overall contributor and gave nearly $14.7 million to the agency’s COVID-19 response fund. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus accused Trump of “politicizing” the coronavirus.

Is WHO really in China’s pocket? Some critics say the WHO deserves the scrutiny. ChinaAid President Bob Fu said the WHO’s actions show it “has become a puppet to the Chinese Communist Party rather than [prioritizing] the health interests of the global community.” During the early days of the outbreak, the organization repeated China’s claim that the virus was not spread by human-to-human transmission, despite whistleblower reports to the contrary. In January, the WHO criticized Trump for closing U.S. borders to Chinese travelers.

Dig deeper: Read June Cheng’s report on why China’s death toll figures are not trustworthy.

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a political reporter for WORLD's Washington Bureau. She is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Harvest resides in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter @HarvestPrude.

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    Posted: Fri, 04/10/2020 01:08 pm

    If Pelosi was controlling money to WHO, she would have given them MORE MONEY.

    Listening to WHO is probably why Pelosi was in Chinatown in FEBRUARY assuring them of her support. Hugging everyone.

    I hope the Chinese in Chinatown have received the truth and someone there is starting to not believe Pelosi and her lies.

    Posted: Fri, 04/10/2020 01:09 pm

    The WHO director is probably concerned he might get a pay cut if the U.S. pulls out.