(USA Features) President Donald Trump on Tuesday blamed what he called the “China-centric” World Health Organization for failing to warn about the coronavirus, saying the global health agency “blew it.”
In a tweet, the president also suggested that the organization’s muted response came from a cozy relationship with the Communist government in Beijing and further indicated he would reassess the United States’ contribution to WHO.
“The W.H.O. really blew it. For some reason, funded largely by the United States, yet very China centric. We will be giving that a good look,” the president wrote. “Fortunately I rejected their advice on keeping our borders open to China early on. Why did they give us such a faulty recommendation?”
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus repeatedly criticized governments for implementing travel bans against China, claiming they were unnecessary at best and driven by xenophobia at worst.
“We call on all countries to implement decisions that are evidence-based and consistent,” Tedros told the WHO executive board February 3.
Noting that the spread would be “minimal and slow,” Tedros also praised the Chinese government’s response.
“Because of this strategy and it weren’t for China, the number of cases outside China would have been very much higher,” he said, Reuters reported.