US President Trump said he has instructed the government to suspend funding to the World Health Organization (WHO).
He stated that the WHO “failed to perform its basic duties” in response to the outbreak of a new coronavirus.
He accused the UN organization of mismanagement and concealed the spread of the virus when it appeared in China, saying that the WHO must be held responsible.
Trump has previously stated that the WHO is partial to China.
The US President ’s own response to the epidemic has also been criticized by public opinion in the United States.
Trump pointed out that the WHO “failed to perform its basic duties.”
“I am directing my government to suspend funding, and a review is underway to assess the World Health Organization ’s role in serious management misconduct and concealment of the spread of coronavirus,” Trump said at a press conference in the White House Said on.
“The WHO has failed to perform its basic duties and must be held accountable,” he said.
Regarding Trump’s remarks, the UN Secretary General António Guterres responded that it is “not the right time” to reduce WHO’s resources now.
Trump’s decision was criticized by public figures including Microsoft founder Bill Gates.
The Gates couple tweeted that the decision to suspend funding to the WHO was “as dangerous as it sounds.”
“The world needs WHO more than ever,” the Gates couple tweeted.
The United States is the largest single funder of WHO, with a capital injection of US $ 400 million (£ 316 million) last year-close to 15% of the WHO ’s total budget.
If the United States permanently ceases providing funds to WHO, it will no longer be a member of WHO.
According to information on the WHO website, China’s financial support for WHO in 2018-19 includes nearly US $ 76 million in assessment fees and approximately US $ 10 million in voluntary contributions.
In March, the organization launched a $ 675 million fundraiser to help fight the global pandemic; the WHO is reportedly planning to launch a new round of fundraising, totaling at least $ 1 billion.
“Under the outbreak of the 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) global pandemic, we are very worried about whether the generosity of the United States is used as best as possible,” Trump said.
The United States is currently the country most affected by the new coronavirus global pandemic, with a total of 608377 confirmed cases and 25981 deaths.