President Donald Trump announced on Friday that America would terminate its relationship with the World Health Organization, citing the WHO’s unwillingness to undertake major reforms and the level of control he said China has over the organization.
Trump said that WHO allowed China to report misleading information about the coronavirus outbreak to it with no apparent consequence and that WHO also appeared to allow China to pressure it into passing on the misleading information about the pandemic.
“Countless lives have been taken and profound economic hardship has been inflicted all around the globe,” he said.
Trump said the U.S. plans to use the hundreds of millions of dollars it typically sends to WHO to fund other international health organizations.
“The death and destruction caused by this are incalculable,” Trump said of the pandemic and China’s dishonesty about it. “We must have answers, not just for us, but the rest of the world.”
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