WASHINGTON, DC – On May 18, 2020, President Trump sent a highly critical letter to the Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) about their handling of the COVID-19 outbreak thus far, particularly regarding their early handling of dissemination of critical information surrounding the initial outbreak in Wuhan, China.
In his letter, Trump claims that WHO’s response to Coronavirus has been filled with one misstep and cover-up after another. The President also points out that American taxpayers send over $400 million to the WHO each year, which is about 10 times what China gives. Despite the much higher funding coming from the United States, the desires of the Chinese government appear to have higher priority than American lives.
“The World Health Organization has repeatedly made claims about the coronavirus that were either grossly inaccurate or misleading,” stated President Trump in the May 18th letter. “You praised the Chinese government for its ‘transparency’ with respect to the coronavirus, announcing that China had set a ‘new standard for outbreak control’ and ‘bought the world time’. You did not mention that China had, by then, silenced or punished several doctors for speaking out about the virus and restricted Chinese institutions from publishing information about it.”
President Trump stopped funding WHO last month, until their mismanagement of the pandemic is investigated. The administration’s stated plan is to redirect US health aid to other groups directly engaged in the fight against COVID-19. Trump has proposed reinstating WHO funding at the same lower level as China contributes.
The full letter from Trump to Tedros is available HERE.
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