U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to permanently stop funding to the World Health Organisation (WHO) if the organisation fails to make major substantive improvements within 30 days.
This was contained in a four-page letter to WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, by President Trump. The letter was shared on Twitter by the US President.
The US President who claimed that the WHO shares the responsibility for the large number of deaths in the crisis, also alleged that mismanagement on the part of the WHO and reliance on information from China had dramatically worsened the epidemic and spread it globally.
Trump threatened that he would make a temporary freeze of funding permanent and might also reconsider U.S. membership of the organisation at the end of the 30-day deadline if he saw no improvements.
“The only way forward for the World Health Organisation is if it can actually demonstrate independence from China,” the U.S. president asserted.
He said discussions with the organisation on how to reform the WHO had already begun.
“But action is needed quickly. We do not have time to waste. I cannot allow American taxpayer dollars to continue to finance an organisation that, in its present state, is so clearly not serving America’s interests,” Trump concluded.