President Trump has threatened to completely freeze funding for the World Health Organization (WHO) unless there is a “significant improvement” within 30 days.
Washington has stopped funding for WHO since mid-April, accusing WHO of being too close to Beijing and responding poorly to the pandemic.
On May 18, Mr. Trump posted on Twitter a snapshot of the letter he sent to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and said that everyone could understand himself.
In the letter, Mr. Trump listed a list of WHO shortcomings in the pandemic response, including not paying attention to the early signs that the virus was spreading.
“It is clear that the repeated mistakes you and your organization have made in dealing with the pandemic have greatly affected the world. The only way to continue is that WHO must show its independence from China, ”Mr. Trump wrote in the letter.
“If the WHO does not commit to improving the situation significantly within the next 30 days, the suspension of funding is going from temporary to permanent, and we will reconsider joining WHO,” he said.
Earlier, on May 18, the WHO said it would independently assess the response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In this online meeting, Mr. Tedros acknowledged the shortcomings and said he welcomed calls for investigation.
Since January, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has held an almost daily press conference about the virus and has always warned world leaders that the “door” to stop spreading “is closing.”
Trump administration officials and the US quarantine agency (CDC) work closely with WHO. The CDC has always warned against the disease in China, but President Trump has publicly rejected the CDC.
Previously, Mr. Trump himself supported Mr. Tedros for the position of WHO Director-General.
Not only is the funding suspension, the US government seems to be making further moves behind the scenes, according to the Washington Post ‘s late April newsletter .
Accordingly, State Department officials are eliminating WHO references in virus information sheets and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ordered “bypassing the intermediary partner” when it comes to public health projects. The United States has previously deployed it through WHO.
Instead, the United States is trying to divert funds for WHO to other non-governmental organizations in the field of public health.
But if so, there is a risk that US money will be dispersed, inefficient. Many comments questioned about finding other partners when the disease has reached the current level.