World Health Organization Kicked to Curb by Trump

World Health Organization Kicked to Curb by Trump

World Health Organization Kicked to Curb by Trump

President Trump has had enough of the World Health Organization and its kowtowing to China. So on Tuesday, he announced that the United States would no longer fund WHO, which was scheduled to receive $893 million from Uncle Sam over the next two years. Not only that, but the US is also WHO’s biggest funder.

The usual suspects howled in protest.

The New York Times cited “world leaders” who denounced the cuts. That includes people like António Guterres, secretary general for the United Nations (imagine that!) who said that the World Health Organization was “absolutely critical to the world’s efforts to win the war against Covid-19.” Heiko Maas, the German foreign minister, quipped that “the virus knows no borders.”

And then there was Bill Gates, who tweeted:

“Halting funding for the World Health Organization during a world health crisis is as dangerous as it sounds. Their work is slowing the spread of COVID-19 and if that work is stopped no other organization can replace them. The world needs WHO now more than ever.”

So why does Gates care about the World Health Organization? Because the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation contributes 10% of WHO’s funding, second only to the United States.

Ah, but there’s more to the Gates story, of course. The billionaire isn’t all about charity to the poor and beleaguered people of the world. No, instead he controls the money he gives to WHO, strong-arming the agency into spending more money on Gates’ pet projects than in eradicating disease in poor nations. Scratch a mogul and you’ll often find a tyrant.

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Gates addressing World Health Assembly, 2011. Credit: United States Mission Geneva/flickr/CC BY-ND 2.0.

China expert Gordon G. Chang writes that President Trump was absolutely correct to cut off money to the World Health Organization. WHO helped spread the virus, he says, and lists four ways in which they did so:

  1. It promoted China’s lie that the coronavirus is not spread human-to-human;
  2. It stood by China when that nation tried to prevent travel bans and quarantines on travelers from China;
  3. WHO stood by China’s sketchy statistics of illness and deaths from coronavirus in the country;
  4. WHO waited until January 30 before calling the epidemic a “public health emergency of international concern.”

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO’s director-general who sucks up to China at every turn, reacted to Trump’s decision with feigned butter-won’t-melt-in-my-mouth innocence:

Tedros may whine about Trump cutting funding for WHO, but he’s just as guilty as China for the spread of the virus. Republicans on the House Oversight and Reform committee recently blasted him for being too cozy with China:

“You, as leader of the WHO, even went so far as to praise the Chinese government’s ‘transparency’ during the crisis, when, in fact, the regime has consistently lied to the world by underreporting their actual infection and death statistics.”

Tedros has even played the race card when dealing with China’s nemesis, Taiwan. During an April 8 WHO press conference, Tedros claimed that the Taiwanese made racist attacks against him. Taiwan’s foreign minister has denied those charges, but since the Chinese Communist Party has successfully pressured WHO not to recognize democratic Taiwan, lapdog Tedros dutifully promoted the CCP’s propaganda.

Let elites like Gates, foreign ministers, and the New York Times pitch fits about Trump pulling US funding from the World Health Organization. It’s about time, and it’s about time to pull US funding from the United Nations, too. But that’s a story for another day.


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  • Joe R. says:

    Approximately a year ago [~?] W.H.O “doctors” attempted to act as human shields for isis in the Syrian desert, as the POS isis MFrs attempted to drag their beat carcasses back into Iraq. Finally the W.H.O. enemies [“doctors”] fled, and the U.S. and coalition air forces pounded the tar out of the remaining isish*tstains.

    The isish*tstains that the W.H.O. enemies DID secret back to Iraq reconstituted their forces there and we will fight them everywhere else, until we fight them here. And I would label that event as a “pending”. Gird your loins.

  • cthulhu says:

    Just as a change of pace, how about we have a rule that says “(1) any organization, no matter how ‘noble’, should not get a f’in’ DIME of American funding if it doesn’t provide 15 cents of American benefit.” Followed with, “(2) all grants under clause (1) shall be audited by independent accounting firms.” And, “any idiots who voted for funding an organization under clause (1) that subsequently were found lacking under clause (2) shall be individually and severally liable for any shortfall.”

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