Washington: President Donald Trump threatened to permanently freeze US funding for the World Health Organization unless “substantial improvements” are made within the next 30 days.
Washington suspended payments to WHO in mid-April, accusing the organization of being too close to Beijing to cover up and manage the coronavirus pandemic and mismanage it.
On Monday, Trump posted a picture of a letter he sent to WHO ’s Director-General Tedros Adnom Gabriassos, calling the letter “self-explanatory of”.
In the letter, Trump lists what he says are examples of the WHO’s shortcomings in managing the pandemic, including ignoring early reports of the emergence of the virus, and being too close to China.
“It is clear the repeated missteps by you and your organization in responding to the pandemic have been extremely costly for the world. The only way forward for the World Health Organization is if it can actually demonstrate independence from China,” Trump said in the letter.
“If the World Health Organization 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,” he said.
Earlier on Monday, the World Health Organization said it would conduct an independent review of the response to the coronavirus pandemic.
At the virtual conference, Tedros admitted that there were defects and told the conference that he welcomed the request for review.