New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: US President Donald Trump on Tuesday threatened to put a hold on America’s funding to the World Health Organisation and accused the global health body of being biased towards China during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which has infected over a million globally and claimed over 75,000 lives.

“We're going to put a hold on money spent to the WHO. We're going to put a very powerful hold on it and we're going to see. It's a great thing if it works. But when they call every shot wrong, that's no good,” Trump said at his daily press briefing, as reported by news agency PTI.

Trump alleged that the Geneva-headquartered World Health Organization had a lot of information early about the coronavirus but they didn’t revealed it to the US. Trump also called the organisation China-centric.

“We pay for a majority or the biggest portion of their money. They actually criticized and disagreed with my travel ban at the time I did it. They were wrong. They've been wrong about a lot of things. They had a lot of information early and they didn't want to -- they're very -- they seem to be very China centric,” Trump charged during his news conference.

Trump also said that the America is one of the largest funder of the World Health Organisation but due to their biased nature, his administration is going to look into funding by the US to the WHO.  

“We give a majority of the money that they get, and it's much more than the USD58 million. USD58 million is a small portion of what they've got over the years. Sometimes they get much more than that. Sometimes it's for programs that they're doing, and-it's much bigger numbers. If the programs are good, that's great as far as we're concerned,” he added.

“But we want to look into it, World Health Organization, because they called it wrong. They (WHO) called it wrong. They missed the call. They could've called it months earlier. They would have known and they should have known and they probably did know. So, we'll be looking into that very carefully, and we're going to put a hold on money spent to the WHO,” Trump said.

Meanwhile, Senator Jim Risch, chairman of Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called for an independent investigation into the WHO handling of the COVID-19 response. “The WHO has failed not only the American people, it has failed the world with its flagrant mishandling of the response to COVID-19,” said Risch as quoted by news agency PTI.

“Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus' apparent unwillingness to hold the Chinese Communist Party to even the minimum standard of global health and transparency hindered the world's ability to blunt the spread of this pandemic. It is completely unacceptable that the world's global health organization has become a political puppet of the Chinese government,” he alleged.

“An independent investigation into the WHO's handling of the COVID-19 response is imperative," he asserted.

 

(With PTI Inputs)

Posted By: Talib Khan