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Trump vows to put ‘very powerful hold' on US funding to WHO over response to Covid-19

Added 04-07-20 06:37:03pm EST - “US President Donald Trump has threatened the US may pause funding to the World Health Organization, potentially halting contributions from the agency's largest donor as many of its 194 members are being ravaged by coronavirus.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Trump vows to put ‘very powerful hold’ on US funding to WHO over response to Covid-19”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Giving his daily briefing on the coronavirus situation on Tuesday, Trump unleashed yet another rant at the WHO, arguing that the organization, which he dubbed “China-centric,” was too slow and ineffective in its response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“The World Health Organization receives vast amounts of money from the United States, we pay the biggest portion of their money,” Trump said, arguing that the organization had “called every shot wrong” on the Covid-19 crisis.

“They could have called it months earlier ... they should have known, and they probably did know. ... We’re going to put a hold on money spent with the WHO, put a very powerful hold on it.

However, when asked to elaborate on his idea of suspending funding to the organization, which is arguably the key international body fighting coronavirus, Trump appeared to back down, saying that his administration would be merely “looking” at the possibility.

“I’m not saying I’m going to do it, I’m going to look at it ... We will look at ending funding.”

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