Trump Cuts Off Funding to Deceitful World Health Organization
Angry over several glaring missteps and an aura of subservience to the Chinese Communist Party, President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he was suspending U.S. payments to the World Health Organization. The announcement comes amidst a major global backlash against the UN agency, which has drawn criticism from countries as disparate as the UK, Australia, and Taiwan for its lagging response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Naturally framing the news in a way as negative to Trump as possible, the Washington Post noted that Trump was defunding WHO “as the organization is in the midst of combating a global outbreak that has killed thousands and crippled world economies.”
Well, yes, that’s just the point, now isn’t it. It would be as though World War III broke out, and the UN Security Council proved to be utterly ineffective – even deceptive – in the leadup to the violence. When an agency fails to prevent, warn of, or even properly inform the public about THE MAIN REASON FOR ITS EXISTENCE, it’s difficult to understand why we should keep throwing money at it.
Speaking of the Post, get a load of this paragraph later on in the story:
Conservative allies of the president have begun focusing on the WHO as complicit in a Chinese coverup of the outbreak in late 2019 and early 2020, before Trump moved to respond. The finger-pointing allows Trump to deflect blame from his own initial reaction to the outbreak as of no consequence to the United States. Trump also resents the WHO for opposing his decision, in late January, to block most air travel from China.
Wow. There’s blatant bias, and then there’s this. Does anyone take this rag seriously anymore?
At a White House news conference on Tuesday, the president said, “The WHO pushed China’s misinformation about the virus.”
Which is true. On January 17, WHO was informing the public using evidence given to them by Chinese officials. That included this beautiful tip: That there “was no evidence of person-to-person transmission.” Whoops.
Trump said that the suspension of funding would continue “while a review is conducted to assess the World Health Organization’s role and severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the coronavirus.”
He said that early, accurate information from the WHO would have meant that “the outbreak could have been contained at its source with very little death, very little death, and certainly very little death by comparison. This would have saved thousands of lives and avoided worldwide economic damage.”
We’re hardly surprised to see Democrats and the liberal media take the side of China and the United Nations against President Trump, so that’s fine. The fact is that we shouldn’t be giving this organization a single red cent until we know why they made the decisions they did in the early weeks of this crisis. And if we discover that it was an improper allegiance to Beijing that drove the WHO’s incompetence, then perhaps that funding suspension should be indefinite.