President Donald Trump critisized the United Nations health body as a Chinese "puppet" on Monday and confirmed he is considering reducing or canceling US support towards WHO.
"They're a puppet of China, they're China-centric to put it nicer," he stated at the White House.
Donald Trump stated that the United States spends around $450 million annually to the World Health Organization, the largest contribution by any country.Plans are being lined up to slash this because "we're not treated right."
"They gave us a lot of bad advice," he stated of the WHO.
Trump spoke as the WHO held its first annual assembly since the pandemic took over the world after emerging in China,causing massive economic disruption and killing around 316,000 people,close to a third of them in the United States itself.
Donald Trump stated China only pays about $40 million a year and one idea was for Washington to bring "our 450 down to 40," but "some people thought that was too much."
President Donald Trump threatened on Monday to permanently freeze US funding to the World Health Organization unless "substantive improvements" were made within the next 30 days.
Washington debarred funding to the WHO in middle April, accusing it of being too close to Beijing and covering up and mismanaging the coronavirus pandemic.
On Monday,Donald Trump tweeted images of a letter he sent to WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, informing the director-general that "if the World Health Organization does not commit to major substantive improvements within the next 30 days, I will make my temporary freeze of United States funding to the World Health Organization permanent and reconsider our membership in the organization."