Trump blasts World Health Organization, citing China bias

Blistening 4-page letter to WHO officials threatens US pullout

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May 19, 2020 - 6:17 am
U.S. President Donald Trump is joined by Dr. Deborah Brix, White House coronavirus response coordinator while speaking about coronavirus vaccine development in the Rose Garden of the White House

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WASHINGTON --  Citing his concerns about the World Health Organization's lack of independence from China, President Donald Trump released a four-page letter to the WHO's director-general that says the United States may consider pulling out of the organization.

The letter, posted to Twitter, accuses the WHO of repeatedly making misleading claims about the COVID-19 virus and of failing to press China for a timely response to the growing pandemic. It comes a month after the president suspended U.S. contributions to the WHO, pending an investigation by his administration.

"This review has confirmed many of the serious concerns I raised last month and identified others that the World Health Organization should have addressed, especially the World Health Organization's alarming lack of independence from the People's Republic of China," the letter said.

"If the World Health Organization doesn't commit to major substantive improvements within the next 30 days, I will make my temporary freeze of United States funding to the World Health Organization permanent and reconsider our membership in the organization," said the letter.

The pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 317,000 people worldwide.

More than 4.7 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations' outbreaks.

Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 1.5 million diagnosed cases and at least 90,193 deaths.

 

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