China Tries to Fill WHO’s Gaping Budget Hole With Peanuts After Trump Aid Withdrawal

  • The U.S. recently halted funding for the WHO.
  • China has upped its donation to the agency to the tune of $30 million.
  • WHO is under fire for its mishandling of the coronavirus crisis.

Amid the growing criticism the World Health Organization (WHO) has come under over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic and its perceived bias towards China, the global health agency has received an additional $30 million from Beijing. The total amount that China has donated over the last two months is now $50 million.

Hua Chunying, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson, made the announcement, claiming that,

supporting WHO is supporting multilateralism and global solidarity.

Source: Twitter

Trump withdraws financial support

China’s latest voluntary contribution to the WHO comes a week after President Trump announced that the U.S. would be halting its funding to the agency. The withdrawal came after Trump accused the WHO of incompetence:

They did give us some pretty bad play calling … with regard to us, they’re taking a lot of heat because they didn’t want the borders closed, they called it wrong. They really called, I would say, every aspect of it wrong.

Trump lashes out at WHO

Earlier this month, Trump criticized the WHO as being “very China-centric.”

In late January, for instance, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus argued that imposing travel restrictions on travelers from China had “little public health benefit.” Trump went ahead with the ban, anyway.

Source: Twitter

Besides Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo harshly criticized the international health agency. Earlier this week, Pompeo said the WHO had placed “political correctness over lifesaving measures.”

He added:

It may be the case that the United States can never return to underwriting, having U.S. taxpayer dollars go to the WHO.

Pompeo also declined to rule out demanding the resignation of the WHO Director-General.

Currently, a global petition calling for Ghebreyesus’ resignation…

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