June 3, 2020

Trump studies freezing US funds to WHO

The President of the United States, Donald Trump, announced on Tuesday that he is considering freezing the funds that his Government contributes to the World Health Organization (WHO) in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The president first announced that he was going to freeze the contributions of the United States, although later he clarified that he was going to study it.

Trump accused the WHO of being an organization “biased” in favor of China, of having been “wrong” in not alerting before the coronavirus and reproached him for criticizing some of the measures his Government adopted at the beginning of the pandemic, such as the ban travel.

“The WHO was wrong, they did not warn in time, they could have warned months before, they would have known, they should have known, they probably knew it,” the president said during his daily press conference on the coronavirus.

“When they are wrong in every decision, it is not a good thing,” he added.

Trump recalled that the United States is the main donor to the WHO and that it finances “most” of the organization.

According to WHO data, for the 2016-2017 period, the United States provided 76% of voluntary contributions, which represent more than three-quarters of the Geneva-based organization’s budget.

Trump initially announced that he was going to freeze those funds in a very “powerful” way, but asked if it is the most opportune time to do so in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, he rectified and said that he was only studying it.

Furthermore, without going into details about his accusation, Trump said that the decisions made by the World Health Organization “seem to be very biased towards China.”

Since coming to the White House more than three years ago, Trump has not shaken his hand to cut funding and withdraw from United Nations bodies such as Unesco or the Human Rights Council.


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