A petition calling for the resignation of the World Health Organization chief has already garnered nearly 1 million signatures.
World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has been the target of much criticism from President Donald Trump over WHOs handling of the coronavirus. Trump has gone so far as to pull funding from WHO for punishment for their alleged coddling of China during the early stages of the pandemic.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) April 14, 2020
The petition titled, “Call for the resignation of Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, W.H.O. Director-General,” was initially launched on Change.org on January 31 in response to Tedros’ failure to label the Wuhan coronavirus as a global health emergency.
“We strongly think Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is not fit for his role as WHO director general. We call for the immediate resignation of Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus,” the petition states.
As of Tuesday morning, the petition had over 989,000 signatures.
In early April, Trump called out the WHO for it’s response saying they “blew it.”
“The W.H.O. really blew it. For some reason, funded largely by the United States, yet very China centric. We will be giving that a good look. Fortunately I rejected their advice on keeping our borders open to China early on. Why did they give us such a faulty recommendation?”
“Why did the W.H.O. Ignore an email from Taiwanese health officials in late December alerting them to the possibility that CoronaVirus could be transmitted between humans?” tweeted President Trump 10 days later. “Why did the W.H.O. make several claims about the CoronaVirus that ere either inaccurate or misleading….”
….in January and February, as the Virus spread globally? Why did the W.H.O. wait as long as it did to take decisive action? Lanhee Chen, Hoover Institution Fellow @FoxNews
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 17, 2020
“Why did the W.H.O. wait as long as it did to take decisive action?” Trump continued. As Trump complained about WHO and Tedros, both opponents and supporters of the W.H.O. became more vocal.
The W.H.O. really blew it. For some reason, funded largely by the United States, yet very China centric. We will be giving that a good look. Fortunately I rejected their advice on keeping our borders open to China early on. Why did they give us such a faulty recommendation?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 7, 2020
In a recent press conference, Trump made it clear he isn’t backing down. “The W.H.O. pushed China’s misinformation about the virus, saying it was not communicable and there was no need for travel bans,” Trump said.