“If the World Health Organization does not commit to significant improvements within the next 30 days, I will make my temporary freeze on US funding permanent and reconsider our membership in the organization,” Trump wrote in a letter to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom on Monday.
In the four-page letter, Trump announced that his government had already begun discussions with Tedros on how to reform the organization, but added that “action is needed quickly. We do not have time to waste.”
The president also expressed concern about the WHO’s “alarming lack of independence from the people China”And called on the agency to separate itself from the Asian giant where the pandemic originated last December.
“The only way forward for the World Health Organization is if it can actually demonstrate independence from China,” Trump said in the letter, which includes a list of complaints against Beijing and Tedros for their handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
On April 14, Trump ordered suspension of US funding for the WHO – the country is the agency’s largest donor – while conducting a review to assess the WHO’s “role in seriously mismanaging and covering the spread of coronavirus.”
In his letter on Monday, Trump said the review had confirmed many of the serious concerns he had raised last month.
Trump’s letter came on the day the death toll for coronavirus in the United States topped 90,000 and the number of confirmed cases crossed 1.5 million, making it the hardest hit country to date.
Throughout his time in the White House, Trump has not hesitated to break from international consensus with his withdrawal from UNESCO, the UN Human Rights Council, the Paris Climate Change Agreement and the nuclear pact with Iran.