US SHOULD RECONSIDER ITS DECISION TO CUT TIES WITH WHO SAYS EU
On Friday, Trump said that the U.S. would be terminating its relationship with the global body “WHO”. Trump said: “[The US] will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization and redirecting those funds to other worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs.”
On Saturday, the European Union urged the United States to reconsider its decision of terminating relationships with the World Health Organisation.
Allegedly, Trump accused the U.N. agency of becoming a puppet in the hands of China. A day after President Donald Trump announced its terminating relations with WHO, the European Commission’s President Ursula von der Leyen and EU's top diplomat Josep Borrell said, "In the face of this global threat, now is the time for enhanced cooperation and common solutions. Actions that weaken international results must be avoided. In this context, we urge the U.S. to reconsider its announced decision."
Condemning the move, the German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas also gaged talks with Washington on the same. Mass called the decision “wrong signal at the wrong time”. He further mentioned that with the number of infections continuing to rise globally, we cannot tear down the dike in the middle of a storm.
The European Union has called for a review of the international response to the coronavirus pandemic, including the U.N. agency’s performance.
According to Trump, the Chinese officials have pressurized the World Health organization in favor of “misleading the world”.
The step of quitting the Geneva-based global body came in mind amid growing tensions between Washington and Beijing over the coronavirus outbreak. The virus first emerged in China's Wuhan city late last year.
Some of the reports reveal that the WHO’s Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has defended the agency against fierce criticism by Trump and has promised a review of its performance after the pandemic eases.
The statistical data tells that the US has been WHO's biggest single donor, contributing nearly 15% -- more than $400 million -- of the organization’s budget but lately, Trump has threatened to permanently cut off U.S. funding of the WHO. In a letter, he said that if the WHO “does not commit to major substantive improvements within the next 30 days, I will make my temporary freeze of United States funding to the World Health Organization permanent and reconsider our membership in the organization.”
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