Coronavirus: President Trump Terminates Relationship With The World Health Organization
It seems the inevitable has finally happened. President Trump yesterday Friday announced that the US will be terminating its relationship with the World Health Organization. The announcement comes in the wake of a two-month-long blame game as to who is responsible for the coronavirus pandemic. While many world leaders feel it is China and the World Health Organization who should be held accountable for the fiasco, President Trump on the other hand minced no words indirectly blaming both parties for the Pandemic. Earlier in the month he had also announced a cut in funding of the world health body and directly accused it of playing up to China and helping the country downplay the seriousness of the pandemic in its earlier stages.
1President Trump makes a significant announcement
Speaking to the media at the White House Rose Garden on Friday President Trump announced “We will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization and directing those funds. The world is now suffering as a result of the malfeasance of the Chinese government,” he said. He also said that China had “instigated a global pandemic that has cost over 100,000 American lives”.
2President Trump has laid down the gauntlet to China
In accusing China of arm-twisting WHO to “mislead the world” about the coronavirus, Trump has laid down the gauntlet to China. He has also criticized the World Health Organization for not applying pressure on China to be more transparent on its issues with the coronavirus which originated in Wuhan in early December. There was ample time for WHO to assess the seriousness of the situation instead they only choose to echo China’s views on how it was tackling the virus announcing it had no possibility of Human transmission. Tweets and situation report on the World Health Organization’s websites of 5th January is evidence of that fact.
Trump went on to say in his announcement that ‘China’s cover-up of the Wuhan virus allowed the disease to spread all over the world, instigating a global pandemic that has cost more than 100,000 American lives. ‘ President Trump squarely blamed China for the pandemic and criticized Beijing’s recent actions of curbing autonomy in Hong Kong.
3No questions asked announcement
The announcement made at the White House was a short ten minute one and questions were not allowed. The declaration’s focus was on the WHO-China pandemic situation and Hong Kong. The president did not mention the other major news of the day which was the George Floyd incident and the curbing of his tweets on Twitter where he threatened looters with being possibly shot by the National guard if they resorted to looting.