US President Donald Trump has threatened to permanently halt funding for the World Health Organization if “WHO doesn’t commit to major substantive improvements within the next 30 days.”
In a letter to Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the WHO, Trump criticised what he said were repeated “missteps” in the global health agency’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak. The “only way forward for the WHO is if it can actually demonstrate independence from China,” Trump wrote.
“If the WHO does not commit to major substantive improvements within the next 30 days, I will make my temporary freeze of United States funding to the WHO permanent and reconsider our membership,” he said in the letter posted on Twitter.
The US has more than 1.5 million of the world’s 4.8 million confirmed cases of coronavirus so far, with more than 90,000 deaths.