Trump Boots WHO to Curb

The world has been through the wringer thus far in 2020 — it seems like there’s something new at every turn. President Trump’s latest decision may hold some merit though.

Amid lingering uncertainties about how the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN handled the coronavirus, the US is officially seeking to leave the group. The withdrawal will not take effect until July 6th of next year.

A spokesman for the WHO acknowledged the US’ submission of a formal notification of withdrawal to the UN Secretary General. In his email statement to The Epoch Times, he added that they didn’t have any more information regarding the situation.

Trump’s decision of course was subjected to scrutiny by Democrats, but some Republicans also disagreed with the decision.

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) alongside the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee disagreed with the decision. They stated the need for an investigation into the WHO but added that now wasn’t the time and instead should be taken care of after the crisis.

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) stated that the US can bring more change to the organization as a member. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), of course, had to take the opportunity to attack the president stating, “With millions of lives at risk, the president is crippling the international effort to defeat the virus.” 

The US contributes about 15% of the WHO’s funding, making it the largest contributor to the organization.

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