Donald Trump threatens to permanently cut off World Health Organisation funding

The President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, has threatened to permanently pull funding from the World Health Organisation (WHO)  unless it commits to improvement within 30 days.

Trump says he would also consider the country’s WHO membership, previously saying the global health body did a “very sad job” in handling the coronavirus pandemic.

Just last month, Trump suspended US funding to WHO, accusing the organisation of China’s “disinformation” about the virus outbreak, which WHO official blatantly denied saying at the time: “We are still in the acute phase of the pandemic so ow is not the time to cut back on funding.”

Trump wrote a letter to WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in which he said: “If the WHO does not commit to major substantive improvements within the next 30 days, I will make my temporary freeze of United States funding to the WHO permanent and reconsider our membership.”

He added that the body needs to demonstrate its independence from China and revealed that the administration had already started reform discussions with Mr Ghebreyesus.

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