President Donald Trump says the U.S. is terminating their ties with the World Health Organization.
“Because they have failed to make the requested and greatly needed reforms, we will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization and redirecting those funds to other worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs,” Trump says.
“China’s cover-up of the Wuhan virus allowed the disease to spread all over the world, instigating a global pandemic that has caused more than 100,000 American lives,” Trump added.
He pointed that officials in China “ignored their reporting obligations” to the WHO when the virus was first discovered in late 2019.
Donald Trump said that China has total control over WHO despite only paying $40 million a year, as compared to what US has been paying, which is approx $450 million a year.
“They should have never let this happen,” Trump said at the time. “So I make a great trade deal and now I say this doesn’t feel the same to me. The ink was barely dry and the plague came over. And it doesn’t feel the same to me.”
“For years the government of China has conducted illicit espionage to steal our industrial secrets. Today I’ll issue a proclamation to better secure our nation’s vital university research and suspend entry of certain foreign nationals from China, identified as potential security risks,” Trump further said.
Cutting the U.S. contribution could have global implications as the W.H.O is involved in responding to the pandemic, which has hit dozens of countries.