On Wednesday, President Donald Trump while interacting with media persons at his Oval office, termed the World Health Organization “literally a pipe organ for China.” He further stated that the US will soon announce its recommendations on the UN body, followed by one in Beijing.
“They misled us,” he said of the WHO on the coronavirus outbreak.
“We will have a recommendation pretty soon but we are not happy with the World Health Organization,” Trump told reporters.
The US has already started a probe into the WHO’s role in the spread of coronavirus and have accused it of being biased towards China during the pandemic. Trump has also frozen the funding of the WHO unitil the investigation gets covered.
The investigation will look into the role in China and how coronavirus spread from its Wuhan city. Trump was asked, “On the World Health Organization or a recommendation on China or what do you mean?”
He replied saying, “On world health with China to follow.”
“What are you hoping to learn about China and the World Health Organization with this investigation you have commissioned with the intelligence agencies?” he was asked.
“It is coming in and I am getting pieces already and we are not happy about it and we are by far the largest contributor to WHO,…and they misled us. I don’t know. They must have known more than they knew because they came after what other people knew that weren’t even involved,” Trump answered.
“We knew things that they didn’t know and either they didn’t know it or they didn’t tell us or you know right now they are literally a pipe organ for China. That is the way I view it,” he said.
Trump said the US has provided WHO financial aid between USD400 and USD500 million, where China is giving 38 million. “And yet, they seem to work for China and they should have been in there early, they should have known what was going on and they should have been able to stop it,” he said.
“We can give this money to lots of different incredible groups. There are a lot of groups out there. It doesn’t have to go to the WHO. We can give it to groups that are very worthy and get much more bang for your buck, but we”re going to make a decision in the not-too-distant future,” Trump continued.
“You talk about stopping the spread or stopping the embers that could have been stopped there. And then why did China allow planes to fly out but not into China,” he added.