US President Donald Trump has given the WHO an ultimatum to deal with the COVID 19 world pandemic. The president has asked the UN agency to improve its treatment of the United States amid the coronavirus, or Washington to withdraw.
Mr. Trump told reporters in the White House that WHO needs to clean up their act and do a better job. He added that they must be much fairer to other countries, including the United States, otherwise they would withdraw.
The President’s comments follow after he published a letter to WHO on Monday asking the panel to make improvements within 30 days, or he would make the US government’s temporary freeze on the organization permanent and withdraw permanently from the committee.
It also follows the call of the UN health authority as a puppet of China by Trump himself on Monday.
The letter addressed to WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, criticizes the steps the body has taken since December to respond to COVID-19.
In the letter, Mr. Trump also cited reports that WHO had delayed an emergency response due to pressure from Chinese President Xi Jinping.
However, this was Defended by Tedros, who said in the past few weeks that the agency had wasted no time declaring the state of emergency.
The letter also criticizes the agency, which overestimated that China was transparent in the early stages of COVID-19, citing censorship and a lack of international cooperation.
The WHO is also accused of not commenting on virus-related discrimination against Africans in China.
Trump also compared the actions of Dr. Tedros with Dr. Harlem Brundtland, the WHO chief, who acted quickly during the SAR outbreak in 2003 and saved many lives in return.
In conclusion, Trump said that Dr. Tedros and the repeated failures of the WHO have cost the world extremely.
China’s foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian responded to a letter saying Trump tried to mislead the public, smeared china, and shifted blame because of his incompetence.
President Trump doesn’t just criticize the WHO response. The UN body has been criticized for trusting China too much and claiming too much that it is taking the right approach against this COVID-19, which has now killed over 322,801 people worldwide.
The main criticism comes from the January tweet, which claimed there is no evidence that the virus can be transmitted from person to person. Although it later released another statement confirming the human-to-human transmission in Wuhan, it implied that they relied heavily on China’s testimony without doing any research on themselves.
The president, who is facing re-election this year and has been criticized for dealing with the pandemic, has accused China of trying to cover up the outbreak and accused the WHO of not holding Beijing accountable. In the United States, there are more than 1.5 million of the 4.9 million confirmed cases of coronavirus worldwide with more than 92,000 deaths. The country is now leading in cases and related deaths.
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