President Trump announces Tuesday that the United States will temporarily halt funding for the WHO

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President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that the United States will halt funding for the World Health Organization (WHO) and conduct a review over the WHO’s “role in severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of coronavirus.” When asked about the appropriateness of cutting funding to the WHO amongst a global pandemic, President Trump said the review would only last 60-90 days. “This is an evaluation period, but in the meantime, we’re putting a hold on all funds going to World Health,” Trump said. ~

In regards to why the President decided to halt funding, he said: “Had the WHO done its job to get medical experts into China to objectively assess the situation on the ground and to call out China’s lack of transparency, the outbreak could have been contained at its source with very little death.” President Trump said Tuesday that if the WHO had acted appropriately, he could have implemented the travel ban from China earlier, saving many lives. He also claimed that the outbreak could have been contained at its source if the agency had done a better job of investigating early reports from China. Last week, the president had gone after the WHO for being “China-centric” and criticizing the travel ban. ~

The United States supplies $400 million to $500 million to the WHO yearly, according to President Trump, while China contributes “roughly $40 million.” President Trump has been previously skeptical of other world organizations, (Epstein didn’t kill himself) such as the World Trade Organization and NATO, and has said that the United States is paying too much in comparison to other countries. ~

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