On Friday, Donald Trump, the President of the United States, announced that the U.S. would end its relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO), a move he threatened throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and one that received criticism from everywhere. The President said that because the organization failed to make the indeed reforms, from now, his administration was going to terminate their relationship with the WHO and redirecting those reserved funds to other global and deserving, urgent worldwide public health needs.
President Donald Trump announced on Friday (US time) that the United States will terminate its relationship with the World Health Organization, a move he has threatened throughout the coronavirus pandemic https://t.co/HqbjuuqJ0y
— CNN Philippines (@cnnphilippines) May 29, 2020
Trump said that the whole world needs answers from China about the origin and spread of the coronavirus. The U.S. must have transparency. At the same time, he launched an intense attack on China, including severe retaliatory measures that will drop United States-China relations deeper into crisis. Previously, the president said that China didn’t report information accurately to the WHO as well as it pressurized the organization to deceive the other world.
Trump further elaborated his statement that the Chinese government officials overlooked their reporting responsibilities to the World Health Organization and pressured it to mislead about the actual reality of the virus, even the Chinese authorities first discovered it. Coronavirus took several innocent lives, and deep economic hardship inflicted all across the world. A spokesman of WHO, told CNN on Friday refused to share their remarks at this stage.
Trump announced to stop Funding temporary to the WHO earlier in May
Previously, earlier in May, in a letter to the World Health Organization, Trump announced to temporarily stop funding to the agency and threatened that the United States would permanently stop funding if the organization officials didn’t promise to key substantive improvements incoming thirty days. Trump included a wrong description in that letter of when information about the coronavirus published in the Lancet, encouraging the admired medical journal to dispute his claims openly.
The decision of the U.S. President to permanently halt the nations’ relationship with the WHO follows the pattern of skepticism based on several years of world organizations, with Trump claiming in almost every circumstance that the United States took advantage of. Trump raised questions about the U.S. funding to the Northern Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the United Nations (UN), withdrawn from the Paris climate agreements, and also repetitively criticized the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Similarly, the president also accused China of taking advantage of the United States, raising a finger at them for taking U.S. jobs, and, now, failed to stop the COVID-19 spread into America. In the meantime, Trump regularly gave himself and his administration admiring remarks for its handling of the coronavirus, regardless of testing blunders and a nationwide stockpile shortage on supplies when they needed most.
Moreover, the critics also blame the World Health Organization for only relying on the figures of Chinese government officials relating to the pandemic, statistics which several officials are accurate. Also, it received criticism for the 14th January tweet noting that Chinese authorities initial probe found no clear indication of human-to-human spread of the COVID-19.
Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel #coronavirus (2019-nCoV) identified in #Wuhan, #China🇨🇳. pic.twitter.com/Fnl5P877VG
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) January 14, 2020
World Leaders raised concern over defunding the WHO
Critics also interrogate whether the World is independent enough, given the rising power and wealth of China. They point to the demonstrative praise of the WHO to the Chinese response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The officials of the agency defended their primary actions when it came to combating the epidemic, noting that much was not known back in January. Donald Trump also said that if the World Health Organization acted properly, he might impose a travel ban on people coming from China, the origin of the coronavirus.
However, the United States legislators, health officials, and world leaders expressed their deep concern over Trump’s defunding WHO amid a pandemic. The president of the American Medical Association (AMA), Patrice Harris, attacked the Friday announcement of Trump as a pointless, noteworthy, destructive consequence. In a statement, he said that coronavirus affects the entire world ignoring the borders; to defeat the virus, the whole world needs to work together.
The President’s announcement to terminate WHO funding also received criticism within the Republican Party. Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, chair of the Senate Health, Pensions Committee, Labor, and Education said he disagrees with the decision of Trump. Alexander stated that surely there needs to a hard and good look at the mistakes of the WHO might make in connection with the COVID-19.
A conservative Democrat, Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, echoed his comments by showing a willingness to work with the President and Republicans. Manchin states that the U.S. has no ability to remove the virus lonely and to withdraw from the WHO – the top public health body of the world is nothing short of reckless. During the United States history, the nation always raises to lead the world through a health crisis, and the country must continue to do now.
1000 organizations and individuals signed a letter to urge the Trump administration to resume Funding
In April, over one thousand individuals and organizations, including healthcare firms, medical experts and charities from across the world signed a letter to urge the administration of Trump to reverse his decision and resume WHO funding. European leaders, including Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission, deliver support messages for the World Health Organization while talking at the World Health Assembly (WHA). Pedro Sanchez, the Prime Minister of Spain, said that the coronavirus emphasized the weakness of the country and made it clear that the nation needs one another.
More than 1,000 organizations and individuals, including charities, medical experts and healthcare companies from around the world, have written to the White House arguing that the Trump administration should reverse course and keep funding the World Health Organization (WHO). pic.twitter.com/zXW7FDEO8i
— China Focus (@China__Focus) April 27, 2020