The US holds back WHO’s funding because Donald Trump unapologetically keeps America First, perhaps the most transparent President of the United States ever.
In his tenure over the last 4 years as the president of the US, Donald Trump has been a bully as well as a punching bag. From internet trolls to late-night show hosts and liberal media to mainland media, everybody wants a piece of Donald Trump. Likewise, from Iran, China and WHO to Fake News and Democrats, Trump himself is out there to leave no one unpunished.
Highlights! Donald Trump’s policy America First is going to jeopardize global health readiness
- Mr. Transparent Donald Trump
- The Policy Paradox
- Cost of America First
And why not! The President is an ex-reality TV star. The camera loves him, and people enjoy his antics. You can bet on him to take bizarre decisions in the most distressing times. He is as hardcore as they come. Humility is a word that doesn’t exist in Trump’s dictionary.
The Transparent Trump
Donald Trump has neither the pandemic committee and the reassurance of Obama nor JFK’s dependability. But he is Donald Trump, the resilient wartime President — who unlike any other world leader — is putting himself out every day to media scrutiny in his Coronavirus press briefings. Trump oscillates between game-changer solutions, false promises, mentions of the wall, to now Joe Exotic’s pardon.
Whereas his Chinese counterpart Xi only came out to a staged visit in Wuhan and kept the press at bay in the middle of the crisis.
With his delayed response to the pandemic now withstanding, Trump is keeping America and the world quite informed about his COVID-19 response.
This arguably makes him the most transparent President of all times! (Ok, more than Xi or Kim Jong Un, at least!)
On Tuesday, Donald Trump announced his decision to cut off WHO’s funding accusing them of going soft on China over the coronavirus pandemic. The decision is termed as an act of international vandalism, dangerous, and short-sighted.
But for Trump, America IS First.
So, why should anyone else get the money that the slumping American economy can use? The idea resonates with the average American! Who would not like their tax money floating back in their pockets in face of a pandemic? 17 million unemployed people, maybe?
The Paradox Called Donald Trump
WHO receives its major funding from the US — Donald Trump holding it due to their inclination towards China, the situation can mean the difference between life and death for many.
Trump has three major issues with WHO – Despite knowing that China has covered up the initial numbers of Coronavirus infection, WHO was too quick to accept the information provided by them. Coronavirus was declared a public health emergency on Jan 30, 2020.
It’s to be noted that in the last week of January, Donald Trump was thanking President Xi for China’s ‘efforts’ and ‘transparency’ in containing the Coronavirus. Oh! the paradoxes that President Trump presents.
Second, WHO contradicted the US’ decision to close the border to all foreign nationals who recently visited China – preventive measures other countries were quick to follow. And finally, his frustration about the US paying mandatory disproportionate share (22%) of WHO’s operational budget. China with a population of 1.4 billion and a GDP of $13.6 trillion, is expected to cover 12 percent.You will find more infographics at Statista
True that it’s not WHO vs America but first and foremost Donald Trump’s war against China — this is a Chinese virus after all!
“The WHO willingly took China’s assurances to face value,” Trump said. And even President’s critics agree that at the start of the crisis the WHO was too deferential to China. WHO’s actions prove contrary to America.
However, the question is, when Donald Trump cuts off the funding doesn’t that make WHO and the world more dependent on China? Giving more power into China’s hands?
Right before the #quarantine started trending #WorldWarIII trended too. Seems like, China won without wasting a bullet. Trump’s ‘America First’ is directly aiding their ambitions.
The Cost of America First
The unseen enemy divides us in ways more than we can measure. Politicizing the pandemic will have its own consequences. Which is worse, concealing the seriousness of novel Coronavirus or not responding quickly enough?
In the times of greatest global health challenges without the US funding, the WHO’s fight with the pandemic and improving healthcare systems around the world could be jeopardized. Apart from that in 2019, a good portion of US’s funding went to polio eradication, increasing access to essential health and nutrition services, and to combating vaccine-preventable diseases – these causes will take another blow.
All because Trump very transparently keeps America First!