Trump announces US will cut funding to WHO

Trump seems to have changed his mind again, just announcing that the US will at least temporarily cut funding to the World Health Organisation.

Fox News: Trump announces US will halt funding to World Health Organization over coronavirus response

President Trump announced at the White House coronavirus press briefing in the Rose Garden on Tuesday that the United States will immediately halt all funding for the World Health Organization (WHO), saying it had put “political correctness over lifesaving measures.”

“We have deep concerns over whether America’s generosity has been put to the best use possible,” Trump said, accusing the WHO of failing to adequately keep the international community apprised of the threat of the coronavirus.

“The WHO failed in this duty, and must be held accountable,” Trump said. He added that the WHO had ignored “credible information” in December 2019 that the virus could be transmitted from human to human.

If funding was cut to every organisation or Government agency that got something wrong about Covid-19 at some time there would be little money or much done about it.  It’s unlikely trump will cut funding to the White House.

And cutting funding to a health organisation during a health crisis seems an odd approach, even if mistakes had been made.

In the meantime, Trump declared that the United States would undertake a 60-to-90 day investigation into why the “China-centric” WHO had caused “so much death” by “severely mismanaging and covering up” the coronavirus’ spread.

Trump seems intent on blaming others, and throwing in a “political correctness” snipe seems more aiming at an audience in an effort to shore up falling poll support than anything.

Also at the briefing, the president said plans to ease the national economic shutdown were being finalized, and that he would be “authorizing governors to reopen their states to reopen as they see fit.” At the same time, Trump made clear that he was not going to put “any pressure” on governors to reopen.

“We have to get our sports back,” Trump remarked. “I’m tired of watching baseball games that are 14 years old.”

Trump has had time to watch old baseball games on TV in between changing his mind about funding WHO and blaming others for Covid problems?

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease expert in the U.S. and a key member of Trump’s coronavirus task force, has said misinformation from China, repeated by the WHO, had affected U.S. response efforts.

Lack of good information from everywhere has been a problem, and countries are still learning as they go.

Trump may not be guilty of political correctness, but his PR has been poor at times. It’s not that long ago he was promoting business as usual by Easter and a ‘beautiful Easter Sunday’ – this spraying of ideas can’t help dealing with the virus.

Reuters: Trump’s May 1 target too optimistic for U.S. coronavirus reopening, adviser Fauci says

President Donald Trump’s May 1 target for restarting the economy is “overly optimistic,” his top infectious disease adviser said on Tuesday, after Trump and state governors clashed over who has the power to lift restrictions aimed at curbing the coronavirus pandemic.

Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, echoed many governors in saying that health officials must first be able to test for the virus quickly, isolate new cases and track down new infections before social-distancing restrictions can be eased safely.

Trump’s administration has recommended stay-at-home guidelines through the end of April, and the president has floated May 1 as a possible date to start reopening shuttered workplaces in some areas.

Fauci, who frequently appears with Trump at White House coronavirus briefings, has previously contradicted Trump on some issues, such as an unproven medical treatment promoted by the president. Trump on Sunday retweeted a message on Twitter from a conservative political figure calling for Fauci’s firing, but the president later denied plans to dismiss his adviser.

Trump, a Republican who before the pandemic had touted a vibrant U.S. economy as a pillar of his Nov. 3 re-election bid, lashed out at Democratic state governors, suggesting they were “mutineers,” after New York’s Andrew Cuomo said he would refuse any order by the president to reopen the economy too soon.

“If he ordered me to reopen in a way that would endanger the public health of the people of my state, I wouldn’t do it,” Cuomo told CNN early in the day.

At a news conference later, Cuomo said Trump was “clearly spoiling for a fight on this issue” and that he did not want a partisan battle, but added, “We don’t have a king in this country, we have a Constitution and we elect the president.”

Trump could cut funding to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and he could cut funding to states – and the worrying thing is he thinks he has the power to do this and may try to if people disagree with him.

A president obsessed with being seen as not wrong, and with a record of lashing out at anyone who suggests he may not be right or may have not done the best he could have, could do anything, especially if the polls and criticisms continue to work against him.

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23 Comments

  1. duperez

     /  15th April 2020

    The narrative is about the WHO.

    Isn’t that what you want when the death total going up on the board says 26,000? And the total cases is 623,000?

    Brilliant bit of work.

    Jan 21: “We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China.”
    Jan 30: “We think we have it very much under control.”

    https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/us/

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  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  15th April 2020

    Obviously there’ll be a backlash from Congress but reportedly Senate Republicans are targeting WHO. Also obviously most other nations were caught unready by the virus so WHO does have some accountability to explain to the world not just Trump.

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    • Gezza

       /  15th April 2020

      Typical Trump diversion.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  15th April 2020

        Winning again?

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        • Duker

           /  15th April 2020

          Winning when hes playing casino games ? The lights may flash and the music sounds and some pittance is credited . But we all know what the results will be.

          This is what he was saying and even the WHO was more alarmist than this, of course his own epidemic advisors had direct actions ready for him to take based on the existing ‘epidemic plans’
          “In Washington, the president was not worried, predicting that by April, “when it gets a little warmer, it miraculously goes away.”
          Its now the 15th April

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        • Gezza

           /  15th April 2020

          Yep. Reckon I am. Good spotting, Al.

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  15th April 2020

            When do you get nominated?

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            • Duker

               /  15th April 2020

              A Win against the WHO ? they are everybodies bogey man, so what
              However back in the US of A where Trump claims authority …..then backs away
              “A day after President Trump claimed that he had “total” authority to reopen the American economy himself — a position that was widely challenged by legal scholars, governors and other elected officials from both parties — the president said on Tuesday that he would work with the states.” NY Times.
              Lost that big time and now made himself look small. Even getting his signature on the checks isnt happening…not legal.
              Trump is getter smaller within the US day by day

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  15th April 2020

              Does that mean the Left will stop blaming him for not doing staff he has no authority over?

              Nah, that would be silly.

    • artcroft

       /  15th April 2020

      Personally, I saw this virus coming years ago.

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  3. lurcher1948

     /  15th April 2020

    Again the USA loses face in the world and Communist China increases its influence and mana,its your call Trump,but your diplomates are ripping their hair out…orange man stupid

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    • duperez

       /  15th April 2020

      The USA losing face in the world is nothing, irrelevant. The important thing is not losing face at home. And building it.
      There is a war going on. The Commander, the King is in charge and will look after us against all those bad, bad, very bad people.

      “You and me against the world,
      Sometimes it seems like you and me against the world,
      When all the others turn their backs and walked away,
      You can count on me to stay.
      Remember when the circus came to town
      How you were frightened by the clown,
      Wasn’t it nice to be around someone that you knew,
      Someone who was big and strong and looking out for
      You and me against the world,
      Sometimes it seems like you and me against the world
      And for all the times we’ve cried I always felt that
      God was on our side.
      And when one of us is gone,
      And one of us is left to carry on,
      Then remembering will have to do,
      Our memories alone will get us through
      Think about the days of me and you,
      Of you and me against the world.’

      You and Me Against the World lyrics. Songwriters: Kenneth Lee Ascher & Paul H. Williams)

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  4. artcroft

     /  15th April 2020

    Baldrick: Good news…

    Asphyxia: Excellent!

    Baldrick: …for the Malmydons — they wiped out our entire army. Sorry; I got a bit confused and dropped a bomb on our own lot.

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  5. David

     /  15th April 2020

    The world needs to take a very hard look at its ties with China and the way its being run in recent years and hold it to account.
    The WHO has one job and it has failed miserably, it was denying human to human transmission in January and spoke out against restricting travel from China in late January. The knee jerk reaction is to defend it because Trump attacks it is bloody stupid and will set us up to react badly to the next pandemic. The world should roundly put the WHO and its director on notice that post this pandemic there is going to be root and branch reform and a new non political director who has a health background.
    The current director hid two cholera outbreaks while in charge in Ethiopia and look at the aid flow between Ethiopia and China.
    Its a surprise no one else has the guts to call for accountability.

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    • Duker

       /  15th April 2020

      No one is defending WHO…but Trump lost 3 weeks when he wouldnt listen to his own officials who were going to offer him the standard US pandemic plan actions when he arrived back from India. Talking about WHO is muddying the waters as no one believed them at that late stage …

      strangely even Australia allowed Ruby Princess to start its cruise 3 days after the WHO late call on a Global Pandemic. Thats going to come back to bite the Australian Government as the Customs/Border Force also gave the go ahead to let the ship dock and release the passengers in Sydney over the objections of the NSW port officials

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    • Blazer

       /  16th April 2020

      I hope you’re not being racist…..right leaning politicians abhor that….don’t they!

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    • Sure the WHO has made mistakes handling the coronavirus. That’s why Trump is able to use them as a diversion from his own bigger mistakes.

      But if the WHO was the only problem that existed here than every other country would have the same coronavirus problem America has. They don’t. Why? Their leaders took the steps they needed to take to get testing in place, to get the treatments in place, to get the medical facilities built up, to get the equipment to the doctors and nurses.

      Other countries have managed to stop their spike in cases while America hasn’t. There’s your first clue to who failed miserably.

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  6. The move, which marks the first time a president’s name will appear on a disbursement from the IRS, will reportedly cause delays for some of the $1,200 payments Congress approved in the $2 trillion stimulus package last month, two senior agency officials told the newspaper.

    The Treasury Department denied that the development caused a delay, telling the Post that the “Economic Impact Payment checks are scheduled to go out on time and exactly as planned.”

    Trump’s full name will appear on the memo line, the Post reported. About 70 million Americans are expected to receive the check with Trump’s name.

    The move to place Trump’s name on the checks came after the president privately suggested doing so to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the newspaper reported.

    “Me sign? No,” Trump said during a White House briefing April 3. “There’s millions of checks. I’m going to sign them? No. It’s a Trump administration initiative. But do I want to sign them? No.”

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  7. Zedd

     /  16th April 2020

    This is just more of MrTs inane “Its all about ME & what I think.. I know everything & this is the BEST EVER, fantastic, spectacular.. etc. MAGA, MAGA, MAGA !!”

    When are people going to stop taking this selfish, smug, IDIOT so seriously ?

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    • Zedd

       /  16th April 2020

      btw: listening to Tim B. on ZB last night; (who I often dont agree with).. he was saying much the same, esp. when a few ‘Pro-MrT’ types rang up & were blatantly singing his praises. One guy even said, that he was not Pro-MrT but then could not stop gushing about ‘what a great job’; he is supposedly doing, for USA & the WORLD !! :/

      Tim B. even dropped in a ‘godwin’ comment; in comparison

      OD HS NM 🙂

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