President Trump on Friday said he would make an announcement on the World Health Organization (WHO) “sometime next week,” indicating his administration may be considering cutting funding to the United Nations agency that has faced criticism for allegedly enabling China’s mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic in its early stages.
“We are going to have an announcement on the World Health Organization sometime next week,” the president said at the White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing on Friday. “As you know, we have given them approximately $500 million a year, and we are going to be talking about that subject next week. We'll have a lot to say about it.”
When asked about the announcement later during the briefing, he stated he would discuss it next week “in great detail” and that he “didn’t want to do it today, on Good Friday ... or before we have all the facts.”
“We send $300 to $500 million a year,” President Trump said. “China has been paying them less than $40 million over the years. We’re paying them more than 10 times [that of] China.”
He also called the WHO “very, very China-centric.”
America is the single largest contributor to the WHO. The organization’s most recent invoice to the United States was for approximately $116 million per year. That doesn’t include an additional $100 million to $400 million per year given by the United States to the WHO for specific projects. These additional donations totaled more than $400 million in 2017, the most recent dates for which figures are available.
Thus, the United States gave over $500 million to the WHO that year — roughly a quarter of the organization’s budget.
“China always seems to get the better of the argument and I don’t like that,” President Trump continued, stating he has shared that sentiment with Chinese President Xi Jinping and WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “I don’t think it’s appropriate and I don’t think it’s fair to the American people.”
“I think he’s a very nice man, I liked him,” the president said of Tedros. “But we want to make sure money is properly spent.”
Tedros fired back when asked about the president’s comments.
“If you don’t want many more body bags you refrain from politicizing it — please quarantine politicizing COVID,” he told reporters.
“My short message is please quarantine politicizing COVID — the unity of your country will be very important to defeat this dangerous virus. Without unity we assure you even any country that may have a better system will be in more trouble. That’s our message,” the WHO leader added.
A number U.S. elected officials, primarily Republicans, have called for a cancelation of U.S. funding to WHO — at least until Tedros is fired.
Over 20 Republican members of the House of Representatives signed a resolution to defund the organization.
The resolution notes that WHO, in a January 14 tweet, told the world that “preliminary investigations conducted by Chinese authorities” indicated COVID-19 could not be transmitted between people. This despite the fact that “on December 31, 2019, the Republic of China [Taiwan] warned the World Health Organization that COVID-19 could be transmitted human-to-human.” According to the resolution, WHO “ignored their warning as not to offend the People’s Republic of China.”
Tedros is not a medical doctor, but an actual communist and member of Ethiopia’s violent, human rights-violating Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPFL), which many analysts, including the U.S. government and the Global Terror Database, have designated a terrorist organization.
While minister of health for his native Ethiopia, Tedros played a significant role covering up and downplaying epidemics, including various cholera outbreaks. He then helped hunt down journalists and dissidents who refused to toe the government line.
Tedros helped Ethopia become indebted to China during his tenure as the country’s foreign minister, overseeing major Beijing investment in the African nation. China has become Ethiopia’s largest trading partner.
In an apparent return of the favor, China backed Tedros’ bid for the WHO director role. Mere months after assuming the position, Tedros tapped Zimbabwe’s former Marxist dictator Robert Mugabe, an infamous human rights violator, to be a UN Goodwill ambassador. Only after an outpouring of international backlash did Tedros back down.
It’s good to see elected officials scrutinizing globalist-socialist groups such as the UN’s World Health Organization. But demanding Tedros’ removal isn’t enough. We should make our defunding of the WHO and the UN permanent.
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