Trump threatens to permanently seize WHO funding, reconsider membership
The United States President Donald Trump has threatened once again to permanently halt funding for the World Health Organization (WHO) if it did not commit to improvements within 30 days.
In a letter addressed to WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Trump says WHO must comply to the improvemnets within 30 days or reconsider the membership of the United States in the body.
“If the WHO does not commit to major substantive improvements within the next 30 days, I will make my temporary freeze of United States funding to the WHO permanent and reconsider our membership,” reads the letter in part.
The threat comes in middle of criticism from various global leaders across the world who have accused Trump of his action which is likely to cripple the body.
He halted payments to the WHO in April and said that until a review can be conducted into what he described as mismanagement of the coronavirus pandemic, the funding could not come through.
According Trump, WHO has acted with prejudice in the management of the pandemic, leaning towards Beijing, China, accusing it of praising China in her COVID-19 management.
Trump, who has reacted angrily to criticism of his administration’s response to the worst epidemic in a century, has become increasingly hostile towards the WHO.
The Geneva-based organisation has allegedly promoted China’s disinformation about the virus, according to President Trump, and it led to a wider outbreak than otherwise would have occurred,