US President Donald Trump, in a press briefing on Tuesday, blamed the World Health Organisation for not acting aggressively to confront the coronavirus outbreak. US President called the WHO “very China-centric,” and threatened to put a hold on the money spent on WHO. He also that the WHO disagreed with his travel ban on China.
“WHO really missed the call”
US President Donald Trump, while criticizing the World Health Organisation, said that they called it wrong and really missed the call. However, the public health experts believe that the President’s public denials of the virus’s dangers slowed the response, which included delaying in testing and a failure to stockpile protective gear. US President had denied the dangers of the coronavirus and even called it “democratic hoax” to hurt his chances in upcoming elections. US President also attacked the WHO for saying that it did not support his decision on Jan. 31 to limit some travel from China because of the coronavirus outbreak.
The W.H.O. really blew it. For some reason, funded largely by the United States, yet very China centric. We will be giving that a good look. Fortunately I rejected their advice on keeping our borders open to China early on. Why did they give us such a faulty recommendation?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 7, 2020
President calls for investigation on WHO’s response to the coronavirus outbreak
US President Donald Trump said, “They didn’t see it. How do you not see it? They didn’t see it. They didn’t report it. If they did see it, they must have seen it, but they didn’t report it.” He went on to say that they will look into the WHO’s response to the coronavirus outbreak. WHO was founded in 1948, and it has its headquarters in Geneva but has 7,000 workers in 150 offices around the world.
Earlier, Republican lawmakers accused the organization of failing to question China’s reports on the spread of the coronavirus. On Tuesday, senator Jim Risch, and the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, also called for an independent inquiry into how the WHO’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.