President of the United States Donald Trump threatened on Tuesday evening to suspend the payment of the American financial contribution to the World Health Organization, denouncing the way the UN’s management of the Covid-19 epidemic.
“We will suspend pay the funds allocated to the World Health Organization,” Trump said during his daily press conference at the White House on the developments of the epidemic in the United States, without elaborating.
However, a few minutes later, the US President retracted this announcement by saying that he had not decided to suspend the payment, but only intended to study this possibility.
“I am not saying that I will, but rather we will study this possibility,” he said.
He added that the World Health Organization “looks very biased towards China, this is not right”.
The United States is the largest contributor to the World Health Organization.
Trump had launched a sharp attack on the United Nations on Tuesday morning, writing in a Tweet on Twitter that “WHO has really failed …Strangely, it is largely funded by the United States, but its focus is on China. ”
There were signs that the World Health Organization had ignored data from Taiwan that indicated the virus was person-to-person transmission, although Beijing was saying the opposite.
The World Health Organization does not recognize – under pressure from Beijing – Taiwan, in line with UN resolutions.
However, the criticism from Trump came amid growing concerns about how the White House dealt with tentative indications that the pandemic was coming, and at times reducing its risk to the United States.
Trump had suspended several flights from China in January.
“The World Health Organization has really failed,” Trump said in a tweet on Twitter.
For some reason, it gets the most funding from the United States, but is very focused with China.
We’ll take a closer look at this”.
Fortunately, I rejected their advice on keeping our borders open to China early.
Why did they give us such a wrong recommendation?
Trump earlier this year praised China repeatedly for how it had dealt with the outbreak of the coronavirus, which had originated in Wuhan.