Donald Trump ‘Thinking’ of Giving World Health Organization $40 Million

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Some context: Trump said Thursday that the White House will likely be making an announcement related to the WHO next week, after his administration sought to cast blame on the organization for not acting quick enough to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

According to sources, the new level of funding will be about one tenth of this amount.

"I am sure in the course of the day we will have more clarity and a reaction to this letter", she said.

Trump said later in Washington that the World Health Organization, which he called a "puppet of China", had "done a very sad job" in its handling of the coronavirus and he would make a decision about USA funding to the body soon.

In a four-page letter to WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom, Trump said,"It is clear the repeated missteps by you and your organisation in responding to the pandemic have been extremely costly for the world".

Mr. Trump had temporarily stopped the funding last month and begun a review of the WHO's handling of the pandemic, which the President and others in his administration have repeatedly criticised, particularly the global health body's relationship to China.

Speaking after Azar, Chinese Health Minister Ma Xiaowei said Beijing had been timely and open in announcing the outbreak and sharing the virus's full gene sequence, and urged countries to "oppose rumours, stigmatisation and discrimination".

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He said that Chinese leader Xi Jinping reportedly pressured the WHO on January 21 "not to declare the coronavirus outbreak an emergency", and that the WHO only changed course on January 30, when faced with "overwhelming evidence" to declare a "Public Health Emergency of International Concern".

"They gave us a lot of bad advice", he said of the WHO.

World Health Organization officials denied the claims and China has insisted it was transparent and open.

Tedros, who has always promised a review, told the forum it would come "at the earliest appropriate moment" and make recommendations for the future. "Very good news, indeed!"

Trump ended the letter by saying that the United States is giving the World Health Organization 30 days to demonstrate its "independence from China".

The letter says the USA would take into account growing funding if China did in order properly.

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