President Trump versus the WHO

Trump halts funding to World Health Organization over coronavirus outbreak

‘So much death has been caused by their mistakes,’ he said.
Tue Apr 14, 2020 – 7:52 pm EST
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Trump announces a freeze on U.S. funding to the World Health Organization, April 14, 2020Alex Wong / Getty Images

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 14, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – President Donald Trump announced this evening he is instructing his administration to halt funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) “while a review is conducted to assess the World Health Organization’s role in severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the coronavirus.”

“American taxpayers provide between $400 million and $500 million per year to the WHO. In contrast, China contributes roughly $40 million,” Trump pointed out. “As the organization’s leading sponsor, the United States has a duty to insist on full accountability. One of the most dangerous and costly decisions from the WHO was its disastrous decision to oppose travel restrictions from China and other nations.”

“They were very much opposed to what we did. Fortunately, I was not convinced and suspended travel from China,” saving thousands of American lives, Trump said. “The WHO’s attack on travel restrictions put political correctness above lifesaving measures.”

Trump said if other nations had “likewise suspended travel from China, countless more lives would have been saved. Instead, look at the rest of the world. Look at parts of Europe. Other nations and regions who followed WHO guidelines and kept their borders open to China, accelerated the pandemic all around the world. Many countries said, ‘we’re gonna listen to the WHO.’ They have problems the likes of which they cannot believe. Nobody can believe. The decision of other major countries to keep travel open was one of the great tragedies and missed opportunities from the early days” of the pandemic.

Trump blasted the WHO for failing in its “basic duty” to “work with countries to ensure that accurate information about international health is shared in a timely manner. And if it’s not, to independently tell the world the truth about what is happening.”

The WHO “must be held accountable,” he insisted. “It is time, after all of these decades. The WHO failed to investigate credible reports from sources in Wuhan that conflicted directly with the chinese government’s official accounts.”

 

In March, Dr. Antonella Lavalanet, a medical officer in the WHO’s “Maternal and Perinatal Health & Preventing Unsafe Abortion Team,” said that abortion should be considered an “essential service” during the coronavirus crisis. The WHO representative said that even “where supplies of antibiotics are not available, abortion should not be denied” and women should be encouraged to self-abort at home during the first trimester of pregnancy.

On March 22, Mike Ryan, WHO’s executive director of emergencies program, suggested to authorities that they find those who may have the coronavirus in family homes and “remove them.”

Ryan declared that in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, officials may have to enter homes and remove family members. The contagion has been “taken off the streets and pushed back into family units.”

“Now we need to go and look in families to find those people who may be sick and remove them and isolate them in a safe and dignified manner,” Ryan said March 22, a “threat” FOX host Tucker Carlson found ominous.

WHO’s silence on Chinese whistleblower disappearances ‘deeply concerning’

“To this day,” the WHO “has deprived the scientific community of essential data,” Trump said, and “the silence of the WHO on the disappearance of scientific research and doctors and…new restrictions on the sharing of research into the origins of COVID-19 in the country of origin is deeply concerning.”

“Our country will be forced to find other ways to work with other nations to achieve public health goals. We will have no choice but to do that. Our country is now experiencing – you look all around the world – tremendous death and economic devastation. Those tasked with protecting us by being truthful and transparent failed to do so. It would have been so easy to be truthful. So much death has been caused by their mistakes.”

On April 7, Trump hinted during a coronavirus briefing that he was open to defunding the WHO. “They seem to err always on the side of China and we fund it, so I want to look into it,” he said.

A reporter pressed him, “Is it time to freeze [U.S.] funding to the WHO during a pandemic?”

“No, maybe not, I am not saying that I am going to do it, but we are going to look at it,” Trump replied. “We are going to investigate it, we are going to look into it… but we will look at ending funding because you know what, they called it wrong and if you look back over the years even, they’re very much – everything seems to be very biased towards China – that’s not right.”

Former American ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley praised Trump for ceasing funding to WHO. So did Republican lawmakers. Conservative commentator Allie Beth Stuckey called it “one of the best decisions of his presidency.”

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When reading this article – published by the U.S. Right-Wing Roman Catholic ‘LIFE SITE NEWS’ – one needs to reference this publication’s obvious bias towards conservative thinking that often criticizes, for instance, the forward-looking strategies of Pope Francis, whose eirenic outlook towards the World’s poor, and disenfranchised has some of the more conservative Vatican policy-makers and their cohorts around the Catholic World shaking in their shoes.

One cannot but wonder whether – despite some obvious missteps by the WHO officials (in their seeming deference to Chinese Officials in the current COVID 19 situation) – the US Government, under Republican President Donald Trump, is doing the right thing in denying American funding for the World Health Organisation (WHO)?

With Trump’s record of originally denying the significance of COVID 19, already having delayed appropriate action at the beginning of the outbreak in the US – which gained a significant hold in North America before he seriously considered an organized response – he seems now to be putting all the blame for America’s drastic situation of multiple deaths every day from the Virus at the door of WHO!

The support he is gathering from his conservative Right-Wing Republican supporters should not be too surprising. Backed by the publisher of this article: ‘LIFE SITE NEWS’ – which has criticized US legislation for abortion and LGBT+ human rights provisions – the publication is now doing everything in its power to set Trump’s Presidency on the path to re-election in the coming presidential race in North America. Whether Trump’s advocacy for the denial of US funds to the World Health Organisation will help his hopes for that election or not, his isolationist politics will hardly win him friends in the international sphere of politics. The question is: Will the broad American public see through the bleak opportunism of Donal Trump in this, his latest bid to ‘Put America First’?

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand

About kiwianglo

Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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