Trump threatens to cut funding to the WHO

2020-05-19 at 13:43

US President Donald Trump has given the World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus a 30-day deadline to make “major changes” – or the US would permanently cut off funding to the organisation.

In a tweet, Trump published his full letter to Mr Ghebreyesus, in which he criticised the WHO for not doing enough, saying it “consistently ignored credible reports of the virus spreading” late last year in Wuhan.

He also called out the WHO for repeatedly “praising” China, saying the only way forward for it was to “demonstrate independence from China”.

Trump added that if the WHO did not “commit to major substantive improvements”, he would “make his temporary freeze of US funding permanent and reconsider our membership”.