President Trump sparked outrage in the media with a bombshell announcement on Friday, revealing that the US will be severing ties with the World Health Organization in order to “protect American security and prosperity.”
Trump announced his decision to terminate the relationship between the US and the WHO at the White House on Friday afternoon.
“Countless lives have been taken and profound economic hardship has been inflicted all around the globe,” Trump said. “We have detailed the reforms that it [the WHO] must make and engage with them directly, but they have refused to act.”
The embattled organization has been accused of running cover for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. In response to the WHO’s mishandling of the coronavirus response, Trump temporarily suspended US funding to the organization in April, warning that the funding freeze would be made permanent if leaders did not enact “major substantive reforms.”
Trump clearly wasn’t bluffing.
The WHO valued loyalty to the CCP over funding from the US government and Trump said that instead of continuing to support the blatant corruption, funds previously earmarked for the organization will be redirected to other international aid efforts.
Watch Trump’s full remarks below: (H/T The Hill)