Coronavirus: President Trump Terminates Relationship With The World Health Organization
7Wuhan virus cover-up allowed a pandemiac
President Trump said that the cover-up of the Wuhan outbreak by China allowed the disease to spread across the world into a pandemic which now scientists say could graduate to an endemic. This means it’s here to stay. ‘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,’ he said.
Regarding Hong Kong, Trump also said that the regions role as a global financial centre is now at high risk with restrictions and a political crackdown by China on the autonomy of the region. ‘I am directing my administration to begin the process of eliminating policy exemptions that give Hong Kong different and special treatment,’ he said.
8President Trump also voiced concerns over clampdown on Hong Kong
President Trump also added ‘We will be revising the state departments’ travel advisory for Hong Kong to reflect the increased danger of surveillance and punishment by the Chinese state security apparatus. We will take action to revoke Hong Kong’s preferential treatment as a separate customs and travel territory from the rest of China.’ When Trump finally banned travellers from China, the move was criticized by the WHO saying such travel bans were not needed. The director generals words to be exact were ‘travel bans to affected areas or denial of entry to passengers coming from affected areas are usually not effective in preventing the importation’ of coronavirus cases, but may instead ‘have a significant economic and social impact.’
9His main bone of contention
The main bone of contention President Trump had with the UN is the fact that the health body did not place a ban against travellers from China saying it was not necessary even though the coronavirus had begun spreading out of Wuhan where it had first originated. Earlier in February, President trump proposed a slash in the US funding of the WHO from $122.6 million to $57.9 million. The US along with American NGO’s, Charitable organizations and taxpayer dollars make up the major chunk of funding to the WHO.
When the WHO advised the US not to ban travellers, Trump proudly said he had rejected it. ‘Fortunately, I rejected their advice on keeping our borders open to China early on,’ Trump tweeted in early April. ‘Why did they give us such a faulty recommendation?’ the president asked.
10The truth be told
Regardless of the President being right or wrong in his actions, the fact remains that the truth isn’t out. Why was no transparency involved in the handling of the pandemic by the WHO and China? Why did the health body make such a significant announcement of no human transmission which has now impacted negatively not just the lives of millions around the world but economies too. The coronavirus hasn’t just taken the lives of 365,000 people, it has harmed the economy, robbed hundreds of their livelihood and given the world another deadly disease to deal with.