US President Donald Trump has blamed the World Health Organisation for bias towards China during the coronavirus pandemic and has threatened to cut US funding to the Organisation. It comes as nearly 2,000 people infected with the new coronavirus died in the United States in the past 24 hours. The record daily figure of 1,939 brings the total number of deaths in the US to 12,722.
President Trump on Thursday announced that he was going to put a very powerful hold on funding to WHO, the UN body whose biggest funding source is the United States. “We’re going to put a hold on money spent to the WHO,” said President Trump, who has previously criticised other UN and multilateral agencies.
He gave no details about how much money would be withheld “I’m not saying I’m going to do it. We will look at ending funding,” he added.
According to Trump, “the WHO seems to be very biased toward China. That’s not right” His comments built on an earlier statement on Twitter in which he accused the WHO of being very China centric.
Trump asked why the WHO had given such a faulty recommendation, apparently referring to the UN body’s advice against curtailing international travel to stop the virus which first spread from China. “Fortunately I rejected their advice on keeping our borders open to China early on,” Mr Trump wrote, referring to his decision to ban travel from the country.
China faces criticism in Washington, particularly from Republicans, over the way it handled the pandemic and Mr Trump has expressed doubt over the accuracy of Chinese statistics for cases and deaths.