U.S. President Donald Trump has taken out a super-strong stance of suspending funding to the World Health Organization (WHO).
According to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) on the 14th (local time), President Trump said in a press conference held at the White House that “the WHO has failed to fulfill its basic obligations” and that he will suspend funding while the WHO is investigating the Covid-19 response.
Last year, the U.S. paid the WHO $430 million and is expected to share less than $116 million this year, according to the WSJ.
President Trump cited the fact that the WHO covered up the seriousness of the Corona 19 situation on China’s side, causing the spread of the Pandemic. “If the WHO had worked properly for the dispatch of medical experts to China so that it could objectively assess the situation at the scene, and if it had worked properly in criticizing China’s lack of transparency, it could have reduced the death toll to a very small scale and saved thousands of lives,” he claimed.
However, analysts say that the move is aimed at shifting responsibility to the outside world in the face of criticism that President Trump has failed to prevent the spread of Covid-19.