‘Commit to major substantive improvements’: Trump threatens permanent freeze on WHO funds within 30 days
New Delhi | Jagran World Desk: US President Donald Trump on Tuesday tweeted the images of a 'self explanatory' letter which the White House has sent to the WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
In the letter, President Trump wrote, "if the World Health Organisation does not commit to major substantive improvements within the next 30 days, I [President Trump] will make my temporary freeze of the United States funding to the World Health Organisation permanent and reconsider our membership in the organization".
President Trump, however, did not mention which 'substantive improvements' within the WHO's functioning his administration is seeking in order to prevent the permanent funding freeze, he intends to do if these improvements do not happen.
This is the letter sent to Dr. Tedros of the World Health Organization. It is self-explanatory! pic.twitter.com/pF2kzPUpDv— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 19, 2020
Earlier, in the mid-April, Trump administration temporarily suspended the US funding to WHO for 60 days, citing that the Geneva-based Global organisation failed in its duty by taking China's initial claims about the viral spread on 'face value' and must be held accountable for the same.
The US, in WHO's current two-year funding cycle, had contributed $893 million, Bloomberg reported.
However, this time, as White House's mid-April announced temporary suspension timeline completes by half, the permanent suspension of the funding comes with President Trump's reiteration that WHO is serving China's interests and he cannot allow 'American taxpayer dollars to continue to finance an organization that in its current form is so clearly not serving American interests'.
The letter suggests that WHO has been complicit in the Chinese attempts of the coverup of the origin of COVID-19 pandemic, by being constantly insistent on 'praising China for its alleged transparency', and by emphasising upon Chinese assertions of 'no Human-to-Human transmission', and by elaborating in one of its official statements that 'only one percent of the reported cases do not have symptoms', while adding that most of these cases 'develop symptoms within two days'.
The Letter signed by President Donald Trump, in one of its strongest rebuttals, slams WHO's pro-China functioning with a pragmatic recall of one of the first pandemics of 21st century -- SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) which also erupted in China in 2003 -- whose spread, rather contrarily to the present situation, was contained by WHO's swift functioning.
Contrary to the current WHO chief Dr. Tedros, then WHO Director General Harlem Brundtland criticised China 'for endangering Global Health by attempting to cover up the outbreak through its usual playbooks of arresting whistleblowers and censoring media'.
"Many lives could have been saved had you followed Dr. Brundtland's example," states the White House letter signed by President Trump, to the current WHO Director General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
Posted By: Talib Khan