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TRUMP PULLS OUT OF THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION


It is official; the Trump administration has given the World Health Organization (WHO) notice that the United States plans to withdraw. Trump gave word to the United Nations secretary-general on Tuesday after the president spent weeks being highly critical of its mishandling of COVID-19 and what he described as a bias that bended to the whims of China.  

The official removal of U.S. involvement will take effect in July of 2021, the Trump administration informed congressional lawmakers on Tuesday.

"Congress received notification that POTUS officially withdrew the U.S. from the @WHO in the midst of a pandemic," Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., wrote on his Twitter.

Menendez contended, "To call Trump’s response to COVID chaotic & incoherent doesn't do it justice. This won't protect American lives or interests—it leaves Americans sick & America alone."

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres's official spokesman announced word of the withdrawal was received.

Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander, R- Tenn., pushed back on Trump and condemnws his commitment to withdraw, saying we should wait to hold the WHO accountable after COVID-19 subsides.

"I disagree with the president's decision. Certainly there needs to be a good, hard look at mistakes the World Health Organization might have made in connection with coronavirus, but the time to do that is after the crisis has been dealt with, not in the middle of it," the senator said in a statement to the press.

Alexander argued that withdrawing the U.S. from the WHO could inhibit vaccine trials and make working with other nations to quell pandemics before they arrive in the U.S. more difficult, saying, "If the administration has specific recommendations for reforms of the WHO, it should submit those recommendations to Congress, and we can work together to make those happen."

The Democrats' presumptive 2020 presidential nominee and noted child sniffer, Joe Biden, said he would immediately put the pieces back together again with the WHO on day one in the White House if he wins the 2020 election.

"Americans are safer when America is engaged in strengthening global health," the former vice president assured on Twitter. "On my first day as President, I will rejoin the @WHO and restore our leadership on the world stage."

Trump has long been frustrated with the WHO's handling of the pandemic and in late-May made his first rumblings that the U.S. would pull away "Because they have failed to make the requested and greatly needed reforms, we will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization and redirecting those funds to other worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs," the president told the press at the White House.

Before adding, "The world is now suffering as a result of the misfeasance of the Chinese government."

In April of this year, in the throes of the pandemic, Trump declared intensions for the U.S. to freeze funding to the WHO unless the operation made "major substantive reforms." The United States sits as the WHO's number one source of funding with $450 million annually. In contrast, China provides the organization with just $50 million a year -although recently they have pledged a $2 billion surge of funds.

Red flags were seen by U.S. citizens and officials as vocal leaders of the WHO's lavished praise for China's "transparency" during the pandemic that originated on their soil. Chinese government officials made numerous claims at the start of the virus's spread that person-to-person infection was impossible, as well as ignoring Taiwan's early warning signs which could have saved tens of thousands of lives.

The WHO officials, along with the activist media, also fought Trump's decision to place a travel ban on China during the early spread of the virus.

Several sources have pointed out the WHO altered its website on June 29th, providing more evidence that the Chinese government was engaged in a massive cover-up of COVID-19, and the WHO accommodated them in a scandal that wreaked havoc on both lives and national economies across the globe.