On Friday, Donald Trump announced the termination of the relationship between the USA and the World Health Organization.
They did so over the WHO’s alleged collusion with China about the coronavirus pandemic. They accused the organization of spreading misinformation about the outbreak.
“China has total control over the World Health Organization despite only paying $40 million per year compared to what the United States has been paying which is approximately $450 million a year. We have detailed the reforms that it must make and engaged with them directly but they have refused to act.” Trump said.
“Because they have failed to make the requested and greatly needed reforms, we will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization and redirecting those funds to other worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs.”
However, America has now announced that it is willing to rejoin the organization.
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HOW WILL USA REJOIN THE WHO?
The White House said that the USA will consider rejoining the World Health Organization if it ends corruption and reliance on China.
US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien spoke to ABC News –
“The WHO needs to reform. What the president said, if the WHO reforms and ends the corruption and ends the reliance on China, the US will very seriously consider coming back.”
“In the meantime, we’re going to take that USD 400 million that the US spends, compared to the USD 40 million that the Chinese spends on the WHO. And we’re going to make sure it gets to front-line health care workers, just like we’re doing with PEPFAR in Africa,” O’Brien added.
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Appearing on another talk show, O’Brien said that the US was considering various actions against China’s treatment of Hong Kong.
He said –
“The president made a very important announcement on that front on Friday and the US government is looking at all of our relations with Hong Kong and China. So there will be a response and it will be proportional, but this is not something that our adversaries are going to get away with for free.”