Trump threatens to withhold U.S. funding to WHO
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"They missed the call. They could have called it months earlier. They would have known, and they should have known, and they probably did know," Trump told reporters at a White House press briefing, suggesting the WHO failed to sufficiently warn the global community about the virus.
"We’re going to be looking into that very carefully, and we’re going to put a hold on money spent to the WHO," Trump continued. "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 not good."
Pressed later by a reporter on whether it was a good idea to put a hold on funding during a global pandemic, the president clarified that he was considering suspending funding to the WHO.
"I’m not going to say I’m going to do it. We will look at ending funding," the Hill cited the U.S. leader as saying.
The United States is the largest contributor to the WHO’s budget. The president’s fiscal 2021 budget request proposed slashing funding to the WHO, a body of the United Nations responsible for international public health, from $122 million to about $58 million. ■