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Trump stops aid to the WHO

by Harvest Prude
Posted 4/15/20, 12:04 pm

Until the United States can review the World Health Organization’s response to the pandemic, it will not financially support the agency, President Donald Trump said. The WHO failed to assess early reports from Wuhan, China, suggesting the Chinese government hid the severity of COVID-19, and it “parroted and publicly endorsed” the false claim that the virus could not spread by human-to-human transmission, Trump said on Tuesday. The United States is the UN agency’s largest overall donor and contributed about $400 million last year.

Will other countries follow suit? Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison called the WHO’s support of reopening China’s wet markets, where wild animals are sold and slaughtered, “unfathomable,” adding that the organization is not “immune from criticism.” But he argued that cutting financial aid was a poor solution. Representatives of other governments, including the European Union, Germany, and New Zealand, decried the move to decrease support during a pandemic.

Dig deeper: Read June Cheng’s report on Chinese citizens’ reactions to the Chinese government’s initial cover-up of the COVID-19 crisis.


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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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  • NEWS2ME
    Posted: Wed, 04/15/2020 05:06 pm

    I would like to understand WHY we give money to support WHO when they only serve CHINA?

    We have already been threatened by the leader of WHO if we don't give him money. 

    Do some gov't officials get kick-back for supporting WHO?

    Why do we support the UN? Do they stop countries from shooting rockets at Israel? at Iraq?

    Do they control Syria? Do they remove dictators that kill millions of people who rebel? 

    Is the UN another long arm of China?

  • JACKIE PARFET
    Posted: Wed, 04/15/2020 06:18 pm

    Need to stop financing the UN also...

  • NEWS2ME
    Posted: Fri, 04/17/2020 04:00 pm

    I agree

  • DAD
    Posted: Wed, 04/15/2020 07:12 pm

    I support President Trump's withdrawal from WHO of the UN. Listening to the Chinese versions of the crisis, is overwhelingly false to the entire world population.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 04/15/2020 11:48 pm

    We can protest WHO's obvious bias all we want, and accomplish nothing. 

    But I'm certain cutting off US funding has got their attention, and will probably result in much-needed change. 

    Of course, I am very sorry this is probably also causing a lot of Democrats in Congress and the State Department to turn purple. [sarcasm, for those who might not be familiar with me]
     

  • JH
    Posted: Thu, 04/16/2020 01:51 pm

    Seems to me that, to the extent that the US supports the WHO, it is enabling its irresponsible behavior.  Best to start our own, put real medical people in its positions of authority, and fund it adquately.  If the rest of the world wishes to stay with the current WHO, so be it.  My guess is that they'll leave the children't playground and come over to where the adults are.

     

    I predict that the same would happen if there emerged a successor to the UN.  Maybe have an organziation that actually promotes world peace instead of blaming victims for being persecuted.  Same argument: we've been enabling the UN's egregious behavior forever.  Time to let them sink or swim on their own.

  • NEWS2ME
    Posted: Fri, 04/17/2020 04:12 pm

    I agree, we have been enabling those gov't organizations. There are PLENTY of reasons why we should NOT support world organizations that are controlled by China but they need to give us reasons why we should pay WHO so much money or any money. 

    Did we keep paying WHO more and more because some in DC are getting kickbacks? 

    We seem to send money to countries direct when they need help. Like Ukraine. Did they get help from the UN to supposedly fend off Russia? Ukraine seems to be friends with Russia and Iran. DC just sends money at will to countries, even if they don't need or want it, just because they can? 

  • NEWS2ME
    Posted: Fri, 04/17/2020 04:23 pm

    ABC's David Muir asked Mr & Mrs Gates if we should cut WHO off. They said no. No reason. What? Just because we always have given them money? Biden would continue payments to the UN and WHO. Maybe he would even give them more money. His son still has his money in China.

    And then our 30 yr old daughter said, and now we should hear from some movie or tv stars, experts on the virus as well as agreeing with ABC and giving money to the bridge that goes nowhere. (remember that?)

    We talk about not having enough money and yet we pay large sums of money to world organizations that we have no control over? Someone in the US is getting something out of these organizations and I wish the FBI and the others would investigate. If they aren't doing their jobs then why do we pay them? To investigate opposing political parties? Nixon did that and people went to jail. 

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