Global report: Trump threatens to pull out of WHO over ‘failed response’ to pandemic
WHO showed ‘alarming lack of independence’ from China, Trump claims; US president says he is taking hydroxychloroquine; Brazil has third highest infections
Donald Trump has threatened to cut funding to the World Health Organization permanently and even pull the US out of the global body altogether unless it makes “major substantive improvements” which the president did not explain.
In a four-page letter to the WHO director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Trump claimed the organisation had shown an “alarming lack of independence” from China and accused Tedros of presiding over “repeated missteps … that have been extremely costly for the world”. The letter, he said, followed a US investigation into the WHO’s “failed response to the Covid-19 outbreak”.