The US president said he planned to suspend funding for the World Health Organization, but later retracted the statement, amid more than 1.4 million cases of corona virus worldwide.
“We will stop providing money to WHO. We will take action and wait and see,” US President Donald Trump said at a White House press conference on April 7 about the situation of the Covid-19 epidemic, according to Politico.
But a few minutes later, Mr. Trump retracted the statement, telling reporters he was “considering it” and acknowledged that the global pandemic “was probably not” the best time to freeze. donations to United Nations agencies.
“I mean, I didn’t say I would do that but we would,” the president said. “I said we would consider it. We will investigate and consider. We will consider ending the grant.”
The statement came amid a worldwide increase of more than 1.4 million new cases of corona virus, of which the United States was still the leading country with nearly 400,000 cases, including more than 12,800 deaths.
Prior to the press conference, Trump criticized WHO “being too focused on China” and making “false” recommendations in dealing with the disease.
“Fortunately, I rejected their recommendations early on still opening the border with China. Why are they giving us such a false recommendation,” he wrote on Twitter April 7.
Trump has already proposed that Congress halve its contributions to WHO in fiscal 2021, from $ 122 million in fiscal 2020 to less than $ 58 million, according to Politico.
WHO received contributions from 194 member countries to obtain a budget of about US $ 4.8 billion and the United States is the largest contributor.
The Trump administration has blamed China for failing to give prompt warnings of a worldwide epidemic, but recently the US president has directed criticism to WHO.
However, Mr. Trump himself was widely criticized for openly underestimating the risk of the disease at first, when he compared it to ordinary flu and said the situation was under control, before declaring the situation. national emergency.