President Trump announced he would sever ties with WHO because of the COVID-19 epidemic

US President Donald Trump at a meeting to reopen businesses at the White House, Washington, USA on May 29, 2020 - Photo: REUTERS
US President Donald Trump at a meeting to reopen businesses at the White House, Washington, USA on May 29, 2020 - Photo: REUTERS

President Trump vowed to sever ties between the United States and the World Health Organization (WHO) because of the way WHO handled the pandemic, accusing WHO of basically becoming a Chinese puppet.

According to Reuters news agency, Mr. Trump announced his severing with WHO during a press conference on May 29 at Rose Garden, the White House.

Trump said WHO did not implement the reforms that he requested in a letter May 18 to the WHO Director General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Also during the press conference, Trump said Chinese officials “ignored their reporting responsibility” about the virus to WHO, and put pressure on WHO to “mislead the world” when Chinese authorities released shows the first cases of new coronavirus virus.

“China has full control of WHO despite the contribution of only US $ 40 million per year, compared to what the US is still paying about US $ 450 million per year. We have detailed the reforms they must make. and contacted them directly but they refused to take action, “Reuters news agency quoted Mr. Trump as saying.

“Because they have not implemented the required and necessary reforms, today we will end our relationship with WHO and transfer those funds to other global emergency global public health needs on the world, “continued Mr. Trump.

Cutting off US financial contributions to WHO could have major repercussions globally because the COVID-19 pandemic is still raging in dozens of countries.

The World Health Organization has not yet commented on the decision made by Trump.

Asked about this position, UN spokesman Antonio Guterres said: “We are still calling on all countries to support WHO.”

Meanwhile, according to Worldometers, as of 6 am this morning, more than 6 million COVID-19 cases worldwide, of which more than 366,000 have died. The number of patients recovered is more than 2.6 million.

According to AFP news agency, Russia recorded a record number of patients died on May 29. Many countries in Latin America are facing difficult weeks ahead, especially in Brazil, where the number of deaths and new cases is still rising.

Last month Mr. Trump halted US contributions to the WHO, accusing the organization of not doing enough responsibility to prevent the corona virus in its early stages and being too dependent on Chinese domination.