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    UN says 'not the time' as Trump suspends WHO funds over pandemic

    Trump says US will suspend payments to the World Health Organization while it reviews virus warnings regarding China.

    US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he had instructed his administration to suspend funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, in a move that drew immediate condemnation.

    Trump, at a White House news conference, claimed the WHO had "failed in its basic duty and it must be held accountable".

    He accused the group of promoting China's "disinformation" about the virus that likely led to a wider outbreak of the virus than otherwise would have occurred.

    Trump said the US would continue to engage with the WHO in pursuit of what he calls meaningful reforms. He added that the "hold" on funding would continue while the US reviews the organisation's warnings about the coronavirus and China.

    United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said it was "not the time" to be reducing funds to the WHO or any other organisation fighting the pandemic.

    "Now is the time for unity and for the international community to work together in solidarity to stop this virus and its shattering consequences," Guterres said in a statement.

    The WHO did not immediately comment.

    Writing on social media, Dr Nahid Bhadelia, an infectious diseases specialist and the medical director of the Special Pathogens Unit at Boston University, said withdrawing funding would be a disaster.

    "Cutting 15 percent (US contribution) of WHO budget during the biggest projected pandemic of the last century is an absolute disaster," she wrote on Twitter. "WHO is a global technical partner, the platform through which sovereign countries share data/technology, our eyes on the global scope of this pandemic."

    The US president, himself under pressure over his handling of the outbreak, has been feuding with the UN agency as he seeks to apportion blame for the gravity of the crisis.

    The US has now reported more than 600,000 cases of coronavirus, the highest in the world.

    Reacting to Trump's previous threats, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said last week that it was not the time for such rhetoric.

    "The focus of all political parties should be to save their people. Please don't politicise this virus," Tedros said at a press briefing in Geneva last week.

    "If you want to have many more body bags, then you do it. If you don't want many more body bags, then you refrain from politicising it ... We will have many body bags in front of us if we don't behave."
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  • #2
    Must be a real embarrassment for most Americans...

    Such an idiot...His wife is nowhere to be seen...Rightly so...


    • #3

      WHO has been too dodgy and has made too many factually false recommendations.

      Countries that ignored WHO recommendations in the first month or so such as Taiwan would be in much worse shape if that had listened.

      CDC made a factually false recommendation as well until they published their "recent study have indicated" on April 2.

      US was paying WHO 15% of their budget, the most in the world. And the WHO did not even do the basics of their job.
      LWO Community strong!


      • #4
        Originally posted by BaitongBoy View Post
        Such an idiot...His wife is nowhere to be seen...
        I bet she can still be seen on PornHub


        • #5
          Isn't it about time the US just resigned from the UN. Or was thrown out?
          It could still maintain observer status, like Taiwan & Palestine.


          • #6
            Too much money loss for the UN and too much power loss for the US...
            “Don’t get sick of me just yet, for I will be here for quite a while”


            • #7
              Don Lemon on CNN is great to watch since he pulls no punches when discussing Trumpet...

              What a laugh...Deservedly so...


              • #8
                Originally posted by BaitongBoy View Post
                Don Lemon on CNN is great to watch since he pulls no punches when discussing Trumpet...

                What a laugh...Deservedly so...
                Is Lemon talking about WHO?
                LWO Community strong!


                • #9
                  With the CCP controlling the WHO Im all for withholding funding. You have to ask yourself in all honesty what has WHO done.
                  Oh, they screwed the world. I'll buy that.