After months of being deceived by the World Health Organization (WHO), President Donald Trump is officially cutting ties.
On Tuesday, Fox News reported that the Trump administration had given formal notice to the United Nations of its withdrawal from the WHO. The withdrawal process is set to be complete in July 2021.
Corruption and deception
The move by the Trump administration comes after months of questions being raised about China’s deception — and the WHO’s complicity in it — in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. The disease has now infected nearly 12 million worldwide, and killed over 547,000, according to a tracker from Johns Hopkins University.
Some have wondered if those figures could be lower if China had done its part from the start.
In an attempt to get answers out of the WHO, President Trump made multiple threats earlier in the pandemic to cut U.S. funding to the organization, and he did so temporarily in April, as NBC News reported. Now, apparently after a review of the WHO’s practices, Trump is cutting ties altogether.
One can only hope he’s still around after November’s election to finish the job.
Dems outraged (of course)
Indeed, as the primary financial resource for the WHO, the United States would hope to get a fair shake from the international organization, but that has proven to not be the case. Of course, that hasn’t swayed Democrats — and even some Republicans — who have blasted Trump’s move as foolish amid concerns over the coronavirus.
According to Fox, Sen. Bob Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey, was among the first to voice his displeasure.
The senator tweeted Tuesday:
Congress received notification that POTUS officially withdrew the U.S. from the @WHO in the midst of a pandemic.
To call Trump’s response to COVID chaotic & incoherent doesn’t do it justice. This won’t protect American lives or interests—it leaves Americans sick & America alone.
— Senator Bob Menendez (@SenatorMenendez) July 7, 2020
Joe Biden, the Democrats’ presumptive nominee for the White House this fall, has also stated that if he is elected, he will immediately re-enroll the United States in the WHO, as Fox reported. Meanwhile, Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) says he disagrees “with the president’s decision,” according to Fox. The Republican added:
Certainly, there needs to be a good, hard look at mistakes the World Health Organization might have made in connection with coronavirus, but the time to do that is after the crisis has been dealt with, not in the middle of it.
It seems bizarre to advocate for funding for an organization that we know has been purposefully deceiving us; it’s like rewarding criminal behavior. But then again, considering Biden’s and Menendez’s pasts, perhaps it really shouldn’t be all that shocking coming from them.