President Donald Trump on Friday said he was breaking off US ties with the World Health Organization, WHO.
President Trump said the decision is hinged on the fact that the health organization has failed to do enough to combat the initial spread of the novel coronavirus.
Earlier Trump had suspended funding to the UN agency, accusing it of being a “puppet” of China as the global health crisis erupted.
“Because they have failed to make the requested and greatly needed reforms, we will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization,” Trump told reporters.
The United States is by far its biggest contributor to funding of the WHO, having given $400 million last year
The Republican leader said the US would be “redirecting those funds to other worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs.”
As Europe speeded along the path to reopening after months of crippling lockdowns, Trump’s move is likely to spark dismay, especially in other parts of the world where the outbreak has yet to reach its peak.
Russia recorded a record number of deaths on Friday and several nations in Latin America are bracing for difficult weeks ahead, especially Brazil, where the toll has soared.