President Donald Trump’s decision on Tuesday to defund the World Health Organization during the global coronavirus pandemic is a “crime against humanity” and “another example of ‘America First and to hell with the world as a whole,'” according to various world leaders and leading medical experts.
Trump announced he is suspending payments to the WHO, a United Nations’ public health agency, in an attempt to shift blame for his mismanagement of the coronavirus crisis. The United States has the most COVID-19 cases and most COVID-19 deaths worldwide. Trump inaccurately claimed the U.S. gives the WHO $500 million annually.
Richard Horton, the editor-in-chief of the 200-year old highly-respected medical journal The Lancet called Trump’s move a “crime against humanity,” as Courthouse News reports.
Bill Gates, the Microsoft founder who co-founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a global healthcare and anti-poverty organization, blasted the decision, calling it “as dangerous as it sounds.”
Halting funding for the World Health Organization during a world health crisis is as dangerous as it sounds. Their work is slowing the spread of COVID-19 and if that work is stopped no other organization can replace them. The world needs @WHO now more than ever.
— Bill Gates (@BillGates) April 15, 2020
Josep Borrell Fontelles, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, denounced Trump’s decision, saying there is “no reason justifying this move at a moment when their efforts are needed more than ever.”
Deeply regret US decision to suspend funding to @WHO. There is no reason justifying this move at a moment when their efforts are needed more than ever to help contain & mitigate the #coronavirus pandemic. Only by joining forces we can overcome this crisis that knows no borders.
— Josep Borrell Fontelles (@JosepBorrellF) April 15, 2020
Even the very right wing U.S. Chamber of Commerce blasted President Trump for a decision “not in U.S. interests.”
“The Chamber supports a reformed but functional World Health Organization, and U.S. leadership and involvement are essential to ensuring its transparency and accountability going forward,” Myron Brilliant, executive vice president and head of international affairs Myron Brilliant said in a statement, The Hill reported. “However, cutting the WHO’s funding during the COVID-19 pandemic is not in U.S. interests given the organization’s critical role assisting other countries — particularly in the developing world — in their response.”
The President of the American Medical Association, Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA, called it “a dangerous move at a precarious moment for the world.”
“During the worst public health crisis in a century, halting funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) is a dangerous step in the wrong direction that will not make defeating COVID-19 easier,” Dr. Harris said in a statement. “Fighting a global pandemic requires international cooperation and reliance on science and data. Cutting funding to the WHO – rather than focusing on solutions – is a dangerous move at a precarious moment for the world. The AMA is deeply concerned by this decision and its wide-ranging ramifications, and we strongly urge the President to reconsider.”
Noted UK biologist Richard Dawkins called it “another example of ‘America First and to hell with the world as a whole.'”
Just when you thought he couldn’t possibly get any worse he has decided, as usual on a prejudiced personal whim, to halt funds to the World Health Organization. Yet another example of “America First and to hell with the world as a whole”.https://t.co/9wYssDuLqD
— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) April 15, 2020
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi: defunding WHO is “illegal” and “especially dangerous.”
A weak person and a poor leader takes no responsibility and blames others. This illegal decision is especially dangerous in the middle of a pandemic. It will not stand. https://t.co/h9n0PO5HjZ
— Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) April 15, 2020
Democratic U.S. Congressman, a former Obama State Dept. official acknowledged the WHO’s “too soft” stance on China but said: “it wasn’t the leader of the WHO who called the pandemic a hoax.”
I agree with the Trump administration that the World Health Organization leadership was way too soft on China’s coverup of COVID-19. But it wasn’t the leader of the WHO who called the pandemic a hoax or who said this. https://t.co/ypL1xCHueR
— Tom Malinowski (@Malinowski) April 15, 2020
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called for more, not less funding for the UN and the WHO, which has about $2.5 billion annually to address crises.
“One of the best investments is to strengthen the U.N., above all the under-financed WHO,” Maas said.
“Blaming others won’t help,” he added. “The virus knows no borders.”
Enjoy this piece?
… then let us make a small request. The New Civil Rights Movement depends on readers like you to meet our ongoing expenses and continue producing quality progressive journalism. Three Silicon Valley giants consume 70 percent of all online advertising dollars, so we need your help to continue doing what we do.
NCRM is independent. You won’t find mainstream media bias here. From unflinching coverage of religious extremism, to spotlighting efforts to roll back our rights, NCRM continues to speak truth to power. America needs independent voices like NCRM to be sure no one is forgotten.
Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure NCRM remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to NCRM, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.
- RIGHT WING EXTREMISM2 days ago
Matt Gaetz Casually Throws in a Homophobic Slur During Interview With Steve Bannon (Video)
- News3 days ago
Trump Instructed Michael Cohen to Make Sure Don Jr. Went to Jail Instead of Ivanka
- News2 days ago
Ivanka Trump Is ‘In Trouble’ Whether She Testifies or Not: Former Aide
- CRIME2 days ago
Psaki Rips Doocy Apart Over Crime Claim: ‘I Think We Should Be Responsible in Reporting to the Public’
- 'OUR DEMOCRACY MIGHT BE GONE'2 days ago
‘Threat to Democracy Is Real’: Experts Nuke ‘Fascist’ Newt Gingrich Over His Threat to Jail Democrats
- COMMENTARY2 days ago
Whoopi Goldberg Destroys Bill Maher’s Anti-Mask Rant: ‘How Dare You Be So Flippant?’
- BREAKING NEWS3 days ago
Watch: Bill Barr Has Talked to Jan. 6 Committee Says Chairman
- BREAKING NEWS1 day ago
Watch: Hot Mic Catches Biden Blowing Off Steam With Profane Remark Directed Towards Fox News’ Peter Doocy