President Donald Trump has stopped sending money to the World Health Organization (WHO). He accused the WHO of making bad choices about the Coronavirus outbreak.
The president slammed the international organization’s response to the outbreak. He noted that “one of the most dangerous and costly decisions from the WHO was its disastrous decision to oppose travel restrictions from China and other nations.” Because “he was not convinced” by its explanations, Trump moved ahead and stopped travel from China in the early days of the virus.
“We’re putting a hold on all funds going to World Health. We’ll be able to take that money and channel it to the areas that most need it,” he said. The U.S. gives around $500 million to the WHO each year.
Health officials blasted Trump’s move, saying it could cost lives. On the other hand, the WHO has been criticized for its slow response to the outbreak, and for relying on inaccurate data from China.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres argued that now is not the time to cut resources in the battle against COVID-19.
The World Health Organization is an agency of the United Nations, founded in 1948. It is responsible for tracking health and missions to improve health across the globe. It is made up of 194 member countries.
President Trump thinks the WHO has problems, but U.S. officials will hold an investigation that should last 60 to 90 days.