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May 19, 2020

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Taiwan's Exclusion From the World Health Assembly Article

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"President Trump threatened to permanently cut off funding to the World Health Organization and revoke U.S. membership if the group doesn't make changes meant to curb what he called its pro-China bias.

In a Monday letter to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Mr. Trump said the organization has shown an 'alarming lack of independence' from Beijing and failed to adequately respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

'It is clear the repeated missteps by you and your organization in responding to the pandemic have been extremely costly for the world,' Mr. Trump wrote. 'The only way forward for the World Health Organization is if it can actually demonstrate independence from China.'
The president had suspended contributions to the group in April pending an internal review of the WHO's response to the pandemic. The four-page letter details the results of that review.

Noting that his administration has already discussed possible reforms with WHO officials, Mr. Trump gave the group 30 days to make 'major substantive improvements' or he would cut funding and reconsider U.S. membership..."

Trump Threatens to Permanently Cut Funding to World Health Organization Article