President of the United States of America, Donald Trump has announced that he has severed the country’s relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO).
According to Donald Trump, all funding support to WHO have also been suspended.
This decision of the US President follows his constant backlash of WHO since the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The World Health Organization, according to Donald Trump has failed on its mandate to hold the government of China accountable over the Coronavirus pandemic.
He has also alleged that WHO has been at the “beck and call” of China to the detriment of other nations.
“China has total control over the World Health Organization,” the US President has said.
In view of this, Washington DC has announced that all funding support to WHO would be redirected to other world agencies.
Meanwhile, according to a report by BBC, the European Union has called on the Trump administration to reconsider its decision, warning it could hamper global efforts to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.
Mr Trump announced last month that he was going to halt US funding for the WHO unless it undertook “substantive improvements” within 30 days.
The WHO’s Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has promised a review of its response to the pandemic and defended its independence.
Meanwhile, this decision has received numerous backlashes from other world leaders and Trump’s political opponents.
Former presidential candidate and Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren has tweeted that the decision “alienates our allies, undermines our global leadership, and threatens the health of the American people”.
Tom Inglesby, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in the US, said it was a “very bad, consequential” decision, comparing it to eliminating the weather service during a hurricane.
Globally, Germany’s Health Minister Jens Spahn tweeted his criticism this morning, calling it a “disappointing” setback.