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Trump threatens to permanently pull US out of WHO

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PRESIDENT of United States, Donald Trump, yesterday threatened to pull his country out of World Health Organisation (WHO) membership.

  Trump said he would carry out the threat if the agency does not “commit to major substantive improvements in the next 30 days.”

  Speaking in the letter in which he included a false description of when information about the virus was published in The Lancet, prompting the prestigious medical journal to publicly dispute his claims today, Trump’s stated that his latest action against WHO followed his decision last month to temporarily halt US funding to the body.

  “It is clear the repeated missteps by you and your organization in responding to the pandemic have been extremely costly for the world. The only way forward for the World Health Organization is if it can actually demonstrate independence from China. My administration has already started discussions with you on how to reform the organization. But action is needed quickly. We do not have time to waste,” Trump concluded, adding that the US will “reconsider our membership” unless unspecified improvements are made,” Trump wrote in a letter to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

  The letter was also posted on his Twitter late yesterday.

WHO acknowledged it had received Trump’s letter and was “considering the contents.”

  But Beijing today accused Trump of smearing China to shirk American responsibilities to the World Health Organisation.

  Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian, stated this during a regular press briefing in Beijing, calling Trump an artful dodger.

“The US leader’s open letter you mentioned is full of hints, ‘perhaps’, and ‘maybes’, and tries to use specious methods to mislead the public, and achieve the goals of smearing China’s anti-virus efforts, and shirk responsibility for the United States’ own insufficient response. The US tries to use China as an issue to shirk responsibility and bargain over its international obligations to the WHO. This is a miscalculation and the US has picked the wrong target,” Zhao said.

  It will be recalled that over 317,000 people have died of COVID-19 out of nearly 4.8 million infections worldwide, and governments are scrambling to contain the virus while seeking ways to resuscitate their hammered economies.

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