The president tweeted out on Tuesday that he is looking closely at World Health Organization funding after a series of failures that led to the outbreak of the Chinese COVID-19 virus spreading over the world. “The W.H.O. really blew it,” he wrote. “For some reason, funded largely by the United States, yet very China centric. We will be giving that a good look.”
The W.H.O. really blew it. For some reason, funded largely by the United States, yet very China centric. We will be giving that a good look. Fortunately I rejected their advice on keeping our borders open to China early on. Why did they give us such a faulty recommendation?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 7, 2020
The call for answers from the WHO is growing, with former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley tweeting out similar criticism of severe failures, like the claim that there was “no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission” of COVID-19 in January. This was obviously false Chinese propaganda. Haley wrote, “The WHO owes an explanation to the world of why they took China’s word for it. So much suffering has been caused by the mishandling of information and lack of accountability by the Chinese.”
This was posted by the WHO on January 14th. The WHO owes an explanation to the world of why they took China’s word for it. So much suffering has been caused by the mishandling of information and lack of accountability by the Chinese. https://t.co/SooEnEPsjJ
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) April 3, 2020
The Chinese virus has spread to 209 countries and resulted in 81,000 deaths at last count while also crippling economies across the world. The damage done to the world by the virus as a direct result of Chinese lies is still incalculable, as the economic collapse that will follow is yet to be fully realized.
Fox News reports that the United States “is the single largest contributor to the WHO. The most recent invoice from the WHO to the United States, which is one of many countries that fund the organization, was for nearly $116 million per year.” On top of that, “the United States also voluntarily gives between approximately $100 million and $400 million more per year to the WHO for specific projects — contributions that totaled over $400 million in 2017, the most recent year for which figures are available.”
It’s only reasonable to reconsider the support of an organization that allowed China to lie to the world about the devastating pandemic thus allowing it to rage across the globe.
Megan Fox is the author of “Believe Evidence; The Death of Due Process from Salome to #MeToo,” and host of The Fringe podcast. Follow on Twitter @MeganFoxWriter