* Criticized China and WHO for not being more transparent with coronavirus pandemic
President Donald Trump said Friday that the United States would halt its funding of the World Health Organization (WHO) and pull out of the agency, accusing it of protecting China as the coronavirus pandemic took off. The move has alarmed health experts, who say the decision will undermine efforts to improve the health of people around the world. Speaking at a press conference in Rose Garden, Trump criticized China and WHO for not being more transparent with the coronavirus pandemic. He said the US will be “redirecting those funds to other worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs.”
Trump said the WHO had not made reforms that he said would have helped the global health agency stop the coronavirus from spreading around the world.
It’s not immediately clear whether the president can fully withdraw U.S. funding for the WHO without an act of Congress, which typically controls all federal government spending. Democratic lawmakers have argued that doing so would be illegal, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi threatened last month that such a move would be “swiftly challenged.”
The United States has provided roughly 15% of the WHO’s total funding over its current two-year budget period.
Sources: clickondetroit.com and statnews.com