“You’ve Got 30 Days” Trump Threatens To Permanently Pull US Money, Cancel WHO Membership If Reforms Aren’t Made
Tue, 05/19/2020 – 06:33
As it turns out, two “scoops” reported by Axios’ reporter Jonathan Swan over the last few days about President Trump’s intensifying animosity toward the WHO turned out to be correct. Though, given the escalating rhetorical clash between China and the US, it’s really not all that surprising to learn that President Trump’s weekend remarks were a mere momentary lapse – and that the White House is cranking up the pressure on the China-centric NGO as the “blame game” between China and the US continues to escalate.
In a tweet sent late last night, President Trump shared a letter the US had sent to the WHO warning the organization that the US could permanently withdraw funding and cancel its membership if the WHO didn’t meet its demands.
“It is clear the repeated missteps by you and your organization in responding to the pandemic have been extremely costly for the world. The only way forward for the World Health Organization is if it can actually demonstrate independence from China.”
“My administration has already started discussions with you on how to reform the organization. But action is needed quickly. We do not have time to waste.”
Trump’s political opponents have decried Trump’s aggressive criticisms of the WHO, and accused him of trying to slough off blame for his “poor” handling of the outbreak on China and the WHO. But these same opponents appear unable or unwilling to understand that the WHO issued a glowing report praising China’s handling of the outbreak in the early days, and – even more irresponsibly – stood by China when its scientists declared that there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission, even as the numbers in Wuhan had started to balloon.
This is the letter sent to Dr. Tedros of the World Health Organization. It is self-explanatory! pic.twitter.com/pF2kzPUpDv
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 19, 2020
Meanwhile, the WHO’s obsequiousness toward China remains a puzzling mystery for many. With the US providing 4x more funding for the organization than China, Dr. Tedros’ apparent fealty to Beijing – despite the fact that President Xi’s government deliberately lied to the WHO multiple times, the director-general still felt it appropriate to invite him to deliver the keynote at the organization’s annual meeting.
Not only has the Trump administration threatened to withdraw from the WHO, it has also opposed a resolution to set aside patent laws to allow impoverished countries to produce their own vaccines and drug companies.
Beijing rebutted Trump’s letter TUesday morning as a spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry slammed the move as “futile”.
We suspect Dr. Tedros doesn’t see it that way.
Tedros reading this pic.twitter.com/FizdiCbhQ0
— Quoth the Raven (@QTRResearch) May 19, 2020