Trump threatens to pull US out of WHO, branding it ‘a puppet of China’

U.S. President Donald Trump within the Cabinet Room of the White House – REUTERS/Leah Millis

President Donald Trump on Monday threatened to pull the US out of the World Health Organisation, accusing it of botching the worldwide coronavirus response and of being a “puppet of China”.

The US chief has been locked in a bitter spat with Beijing, alleging it covered up the initial outbreak

in central China late final 12 months earlier than the illness unleashed devastation throughout the planet.

More than 317,000 individuals have died of Covid-19 out of almost 4.eight million infections worldwide, and governments are scrambling to comprise the virus whereas looking for methods to resuscitate their hammered economies.

With extra fatalities and circumstances within the United States than another nation by far, under-pressure Trump has blamed the WHO for not doing sufficient to fight its preliminary unfold.

“They’re a puppet of China, they’re China-centric to put it nicer,” he stated on the White House. “They gave us a lot of bad advice.”

Trump had already suspended US funding to the UN body. After his White House feedback, he tweeted a letter he had despatched to WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus threatening to make that freeze everlasting.

“It is clear the repeated missteps by you and your organization in responding to the pandemic have been extremely costly for the world,” the letter stated.

“The only way forward for the World Health Organization is if it can actually demonstrate independence from China,” it added, giving the physique 30 days to present “substantive improvements”.

Before the risk, the WHO had promised an independent review of its pandemic response.

Beijing has furiously denied the US allegations that it performed down the risk, and Chinese President Xi Jinping reiterated on the World Health Assembly that his nation had been “transparent” all through the disaster.

As he launched his newest assault on China, Trump additionally dropped a bombshell saying he was taking hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug that his personal authorities’s specialists have stated is just not appropriate for preventing the coronavirus.

“I take a pill every day,” stated the president, including that he’s utilizing it as a result of he has “heard a lot of good stories”.