Trump considering suspending funding to WHO

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Date Published: April 7, 2020

Source: The Hill

U.S. President Donald Trump announced on April 7 that he would consider placing a hold on funding for the World Health Organization (WHO) accusing it of being biased towards China and failing to sufficiently warn the global community about the COVID-19 pandemic. The WHO is a body of the United Nations responsible for international public health issues. The U.S. is the largest contributor to the WHO budget. The president has requested that in the 2021 fiscal budget, funding for WHO be reduced from $122 million to $58 million. This announcement comes after Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz) called for WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to resign based on reports by the U.S. intelligence community that China was under-reporting their COVID-19 case numbers. President Trump himself has also faced criticism for his delayed response in the early days of the pandemic in the U.S and now for his reduction in health funding during a global health crisis.

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Summary by: Sophia Duong