When Trump was asked about suspending funding to the organization, which is supposed to be the key international body fighting coronavirus, but is not, Trump said “I’m not saying I’m going to do it, I’m going to look at it … We will look at ending funding.”
The embattled global health organisation has recently become a target of many including the US president’s wrath. Tweeting ahead of the presser, Trump took aim at the WHO for its opposition to sweeping travel bans early on in the pandemic. He and other world leaders have repeatedly accused the WHO of corruption and being biased in favor of Beijing. Stories of China building an African Center for Disease control in the Secretary General’s home country are one of many doing the rounds.
Like many other global organisations, the US is the WHO’s largest financial contributor, paying $57.8 million so far this year alone, according to the organization. China is the next biggest donor, giving only half that, $28.7 million in the same period.
The WHO has faced severe criticism for dragging its feet on the global health crisis allowing China to put the world at risk. Back in February, its director Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that there was no need to introduce travel bans, while describing the spread of the virus outside mainland China as “minimal and slow.” Boy was he wrong!