With ultimatum, Trump deepens crisis with the World Health Organization
Trump threatened to permanently halt U.S. funding to the WHO and “reconsider” the country’s membership in the U.N. body if it does not “commit to major substantive improvements” within the next 30 days.
In a letter to the WHO posted in a late-night tweet Monday, Trump elaborated on assertions he has been making since April when he suspended U.S. payments to the WHO for 60 days over what he called its “China centric” coronavirus response.
The four-page letter came the same day Chinese President Xi Jinping addressed the assembly by video link. Xi skimmed over China’s handling of the initial outbreak late last year and emphasized its commitment to the global pandemic fight, pledging $2 billion.
The standoff between Trump and Xi took attention away from much of the other news from the assembly, including the WHO agreeing to hold an inquiry into the global response to the coronavirus pandemic.
“The assembly has turned into a political circus,” said Lawrence Gostin, a professor of global …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]