Trump dumps the World Health Organization to redirect funds to more deserving public health organizations.
May 29, 2020
President Donald Trump announced on Friday that the U.S. is terminating its relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO) for failing “to make the requested and greatly needed reforms” that he had requested from them.
This comes several weeks after Trump cut funding to the WHO for its mishandling of the coronavirus outbreak.
Trump began his speech by accusing China of misconduct and ripping off the U.S. “like no one has ever done before.” The president said that the Communist government took full advantage of poorly negotiated trade deals and exploited America under previous leadership.
“China raided our factories, offshored our jobs, gutted our industries, stole our intellectual property, and violated their commitments under the World Trade Organization (WTO),” Trump said, without mincing any words.
Trump accused previous administrations of allowing China to be “able to get away with the theft… because of past politicians and frankly, past Presidents.”
He also accused China of breaking their word on ensuring the autonomy of Honk Kong.
“The world is now suffering as a result of the malfeasance of the Chinese government,” he said, and pointed out that “China’s cover-up of the Wuhan virus allowed the disease to spread all over the world,” costing over 100,000 American lives, plus another 1 million worldwide.
The president said that officials in China “ignored their reporting obligations” to the WHO and pressured it “to mislead the world when the virus was first discovered by Chinese authorities.”
“China has total control over the World Health Organization,” he added, “despite paying only $40 million per year” compared to America’s contributions of $450 million a year.
“We will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization,” Trump declare, and plans to “redirect those funds to other worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs.”
Trump proceeded to question why China would let people who were infected with the coronavirus travel throughout the world while restricting their movements inside their own country.
“The death and destruction caused by this is incalculable,” Trump said, before demanding to have answers “not only for us, but for the rest of the world.”
The president concluded by reiterating parts of his ‘America First’ policy to “proudly defend and protect the workers, families, and citizens of the United States of America,” before walking away from the press and leaving them hanging.