U.S. pandemic response underlines the crisis in global politics
But Trump’s dramatic declaration this week that he would halt critical funding to the WHO in the middle of the pandemic is proving unpopular. It puts him at odds with his own administration’s officials in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the State Department — major agencies that recognize the importance of supporting and influencing the WHO in a time of shared crisis. And it underscores, yet again, Trump’s penchant for punishing or weakening multilateral, international institutions, even when it’s unclear what the United States gains from such disruption.
That order was already fraying seven decades after it emerged out of the ashes of World War II, a process accelerated by the ascent of illiberal demagogues in some of the world’s major liberal democracies. But the coronavirus pandemic is providing a genuine existential test to an aging U.S.-created status quo. “The political winds and pressures of the 21st century, from human migration and extreme income disparity to protectionism and rising new powers, have weakened its foundations, leaving it ill-equipped to handle the first truly global threat to …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]