On Tuesday, United States President Donald Trump declared that he may cut America’s funding to the World Health Organization, accusing the WHO of becoming biased towards China during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The 73-years-old Trump told reporters at his daily White House briefing, “We’re going to put a hold on money spent to the WHO. We’re going to put a very powerful hold on it and we’re going to see. It’s a great thing if it works. But when they call every shot wrong, that’s no good.”
“We pay for a majority or the biggest portion of their money. They actually criticised and disagreed with my travel ban at the time I did it. They were wrong. They’ve been wrong about a lot of things. They had a lot of information early and they didn’t want to — they’re very — they seem to be very China centric,” Trump charged during his news conference.
Geneva-headquartered World Health Organization, receives vast amounts of money from the United States. This is not the first time, Trump has accused and criticized other UN and multilateral agencies.
However, he didn’t mention how much money he would put on hold. In same press conference he said, “I’m not saying I’m going to do it.”
“We will look at ending funding,” he added.
Accusing the WHO, Trump said that WHO “seems to be very biased toward China. That’s not right.”
Washington, particularly Republicans, has criticized China over the way it handled the pandemic and Trump has expressed concern over the accuracy of Chinese statistics for cases and deaths.
Trump has also been criticized for initially downplaying the virus, which he first considered as an ordinary flu. Before the pandemic started to ravage the US, Trump said that the situation was under control in the country. Later he accepted that it had become a national emergency. Presently, US has recorded 4,01,608 cases with 12,902 deaths from COVID-19.