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Trump says the U.S. will cut ties with World Health Organization

U.S. President Donald Trump makes an announcement about U.S. commerce relations with China and Hong Kong within the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, May 29, 2020.

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President Donald Trump introduced Friday that the United States will lower ties with the World Health Organization.

“China has total control over the World Health Organization despite only paying $40 million per year compared to what the United States has been paying, which is approximately $450 million a year,” Trump stated throughout a press convention from the White House Rose Garden.

“The world needs answers from China on the virus. We must have transparency. Why is it that China shut off infected people from Wuhan to all other parts of China?” he added. “It didn’t go to Beijing, it went nowhere else, but they allowed them to freely travel throughout the world, including Europe and the United States.”

Trump has repeatedly criticized the WHO’s response to the coronavirus, which has hit the U.S. worse than any other country, amid scrutiny of his personal administration’s response to the pandemic. He has claimed WHO is “China-centric” and blames the company for advising in opposition to China journey bans early within the outbreak. 

“Fortunately, I was not convinced and suspended travel from China saving untold numbers of lives,” Trump stated on April 14. 

The company has defended its preliminary response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying it gave world leaders enough time to intervene early in the outbreak.

The company declared Covid-19 a worldwide well being emergency on Jan. 30 when there have been solely 82 instances exterior of China and 0 deaths, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated throughout a press convention on May 1. “Meaning, the world had enough time to intervene.”

Earlier this month, Trump threatened to permanently cut off U.S. funding of the WHO. In a letter, he stated that if the WHO “does not commit to major substantive improvements within the next 30 days, I will make my temporary freeze of United States funding to the World Health Organization permanent and reconsider our membership in the organization.”

On Friday, Trump stated WHO “failed to make the requested greatly needed reform” and the U.S. “will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization and redirecting those funds to other worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs.”

The WHO’s funding runs in two-year price range cycles. For the 2018 and 2019 funding cycle, the U.S. paid a $237 million required evaluation in addition to $656 million in voluntary contributions, averaging $446 million a 12 months and representing about 14.67% of its complete price range, in keeping with WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic. 

On May 20, WHO officers stated they frightened the company’s emergency packages would undergo if the president completely pulled U.S. funding from the worldwide company.

Most funding from the United States goes immediately out to this system that helps nations in “all sorts of fragile and difficult settings,” Dr. Mike Ryan, government director of WHO’s well being emergencies program, stated on the time. 

“We’ll obviously have to work with other partners to ensure those funds can still flow,” Ryan stated. “This is going to be a major implication for delivering essential health services to some of the most vulnerable people in the world, and we trust developed donors will, if necessary, step in to fill that gap.”

The WHO began sounding the alarm on the outbreak in China in mid-January. On March 11, WHO officers declared the outbreak a pandemic, when there have been simply 121,000 international instances. The virus has now infected more than 5.8 million people worldwide, including more than 1.73 million in the U.S., in keeping with information compiled by Johns Hopkins University. 

-CNBC’s Noah Higgins-Dunn contributed to this report.

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