The World Health Organization is occurring protection amid mounting public criticism over its dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic — because the embattled company reportedly braces for President Trump to limit its funding, and even exchange it altogether by funneling funding to different present well being organizations.
Key Trump administration figures, together with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, are reportedly getting ready suggestions for the commander-in-chief on how greatest to chop funds to WHO, based on the Washington Submit.
The transfer comes because the group has spent days defending its actions within the wake of criticism from public well being and administration officers, in addition to from allies of the president — some going so far as calling for an investigation into its coronavirus response.
Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley twice accused the UN well being company of overlaying for China in Fox Information appearances final week, telling “Fox & Buddies” on Friday that she backed a full investigation by Senate International Relations Chairman Jim Risch (R-Ida.), who had referred to as for a probe into the matter.
Dr. Anthony Fauci was tepid about putting blame straight on WHO, saying that he’d “favor to not get entangled,” in a Fox Information look final Wednesday, however did acknowledge over the weekend that a lot had gone fallacious that led to the pandemic.
“You already know I don’t know the place missteps went. Solely factor I do know with the tip end result was that early on we didn’t get appropriate info. And the inaccurate info was propagated proper from the start as a result of you already know when the primary instances got here out that had been recognized, I believe on December 31st, in China, and we grew to become conscious of this, they mentioned this was simply animal to human interval,” Fauci advised Fox Information host Jesse Watters Saturday night.
Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Sunday referred to as on WHO to conduct an investigation into what the Chinese language authorities “did and didn’t inform the world” concerning the virus earlier than it grew to become a pandemic.
“I believe going ahead the WHO must decide to an after-action [report] that particularly examines what China did or didn’t inform the world and the way that stymied the worldwide response to this,” Gottlieb advised CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday.
“I additionally assume they should embrace Taiwan’s function within the world well being neighborhood and permit them to attend the World Health Meeting,” he continued.
Haley shared Gottlieb’s stance on Taiwan, saying in her Friday “Fox & Buddies” look that the state’s warnings being ignored in favor of the phrase of China, particularly provided that China views Taiwan as a rogue province, confirmed how the company provides the Communist Occasion particular therapy.
“I imply have a look at the timeline. You’ve received, December 30: Taiwan goes and tells the WHO ‘we imagine and have proof that there’s human-to-human transmission.’ Then you might have, January 14: the top of the WHO, Tedros [Adhanom Ghebreyesus], says ‘we don’t see any proof of human-to-human transmission,’” the previous South Carolina governor mentioned.
As for the Trump administration’s stance, White Home officers have begun drafting a letter that, if authorized, will announce a suspension of funding to WHO, Politico stories. The letter additionally proclaims a reduce in funding to a associated group, the Pan American Health Organization.
The doc additionally reportedly instructs State Division officers and different establishments to attempt to route cash to different present well being organizations.
President Trump has teased that his administration would make a transfer to punish the company, telling reporters on Friday that they’d maintain the help.
“As you already know, we give them roughly $500 million a 12 months. And we’re going to be speaking about that topic subsequent week. We’ll have quite a bit to say about it. We’ll maintain it,” he mentioned.
For WHO’s half, particular envoy David Nabarro took to NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday to defend his group’s dealing with of occasions, and taking the Chinese language Communist Occasion’s phrase, saying they aren’t able to doubt the information given to them by different nations.
“We don’t have within the World Health Organization the ability to go and examine past what nations inform us. That’s been made clear within the treaty that governments agreed in 2005 on how nations work collectively and the way the WHO operates. We imagine what we’ve received. We work with what we’ve received.”
In 2019, US contributions to the WHO topped $400 million.
With Submit wires