Donald Trump issues 30-day ultimatum to WHO

On Monday night, the US president threatened to cancel the US contribution to the World Health Organization indefinitely for 30 days if the latter failed to make any major “improvements.” He added that the United States could go so far as to question its membership in the WHO.

In a letter forwarded by a nightly tweet, Monday, May 18, Donald Trump said the suspension of US funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) will be final unless the UN agency agrees within 30 days to make major “improvements”.

In this letter addressed to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the US President warns that he may also question US adherence to WHO.

“It is clear that the repeated mistakes on your part and in your organization to respond to the pandemic have cost the world extremely dear. The only way forward for the World Health Organization is to be able to prove its independence from – from China,” he adds in his letter.

Washington is the first donor to the UN agency. The US administration has already begun discussions with the WHO about ways to reform the institution, Donald Trump adds in the letter.

WHO promises independent assessment

Donald Trump announced in mid-April that he had asked his administration to stop funding the WHO and accused him of having “failed with his essential tasks” in the fight against the coronavirus epidemic. This decision provoked a rejection concert.

The head of the White House accused the UN agency of encouraging Chinese “disinformation” about the virus, which would have led to a major health crisis.

Donald Trump had launched earlier Monday: “I am not happy with the World Health Organization” and “they are a Chinese puppet”.

On Monday, at the organization’s world meeting, TedrosAdhanom Ghebreyesus repeated that she had heard the alarm “quickly” and “frequently” and that he would begin an “independent” investigation into the response to the pandemic by the UN Office and its member states “as soon as possible. appropriate time”.

With Reuters and AFP