Trump Was Right To Punish WHO — Other World Leaders Should Stop The Hypocrisy.
Boycotting WHO is an exemplary decision taken by Trump: other leaders must follow.Deepak Kaistha
Everyone was unhappy with how China’s coverup and the part WHO played in it. Then why be a hypocrite now and scapegoat the man of action Trump.
Being politically correct is a tricky thing. World leaders have called Trump’s move ‘a dangerous step in the wrong direction’ after he punished WHO’s budget with a 15 percent funding cut. US President Donald Trump seems to have been made a scapegoat for China and WHO’s initial mismanagement of the COVID-19 crisis. The global criticism of Trump for cutting WHO’s funding is fundamentally wrong.
Trump’s move to strike back has led to an outcry and condemnation from the world leaders who spoke out against China in union. Calling his move as preposterous, most world leaders are propagating unity and cooperation during this difficult time. But WHO played a significant part in playing up China’s handling of the initial outbreak. WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros has nowhere to hide.
The W.H.O. had at least 10 meetings with U.S. officials in Beijing while the virus raged in January— further shredding Trump’s blame-deflecting claim that W.H.O. left U.S. in the dark. New column: https://t.co/lNH9ocYDg8— Dana Milbank (@Milbank) April 20, 2020
Trump reasons that WHO promoted China’s “disinformation” about the virus which directly led to thousands of deaths across the globe. Trump believes the WHO failed to investigate reports from China’s Wuhan province from where the virus was first identified in December 2019. Addressing a press conference at the White House, Trump said:
The WHO failed in this basic duty and must be held accountable. The outbreak could have been contained at its source if the organization had correctly responded early on…
However, most world leaders have failed to walk the line like Trump. Consequently, after criticizing China and WHO, they are now out with criticism for Trump that his cut of the funding is a wrong and misguided move.
The US is the largest contributor to WHO. It pays roughly $500 million each year to WHO for a purpose.
The Usual Suspects UN, China and Russia
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has released a statement pushing for unity in the global battle to push the coronavirus pandemic in reverse. Guterres urged Trump to not cut funding for the WHO, which is spearheading and coordinating the UN’s efforts.
Predictably, China expressed concerns over Trump’s move to halt funding for the WHO. Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said the decision weakens the WHO’s capabilities and undermine global cooperation. He further added that China will always support the apex health organization to play a crucial role in public health and anti-epidemic response.
Deeply regret US decision to suspend funding to @WHO. There is no reason justifying this move at a moment when their efforts are needed more than ever to help contain & mitigate the #coronavirus pandemic. Only by joining forces we can overcome this crisis that knows no borders.— Josep Borrell Fontelles (@JosepBorrellF) April 15, 2020
Next in line was Russia who slammed Trump and called his attitude selfish. Quoting TASS news agency, a NBC report says that Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has urged the US to stop further attacks on the WHO and pursue a responsible line.
The Other Hypocrites
Criticizing Trump’s move to cut WHO funding, Germany called for joining hands and uniting against the global pandemic. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that the blame game does not help anyone as virus knows no borders.
Surprisingly, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he sympathized with some of Trump’s criticisms of the WHO, he also said now is not the time for such a move. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said at time like this when we need to be sharing information and get reliable advice, the WHO has provided that.”
It’s not only politicians and leaders who have raised their voices against the move, entrepreneurs, scholars, media persons and philanthropists have also joined the bandwagon. Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates called this move dangerous, whereas Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of the Lancet medical journal, called this move as “a crime against humanity.”
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.— Bill Gates (@BillGates) April 15, 2020
WHO and China are guilty but only Trump walks the talk
China was accused of a blatant coverup again and again. Silencing whistleblowers, not letting the world know about their outbreak in detail. WHO kept applauding China and creating a bubble around its lack of transparency.
All that facade cost the world valuable time before most took it seriously. Today, the impact on the United States is tenfold what China experiences. The disproportionate numbers point to gross negligence that stemmed from the WHO downplaying the coronavirus pandemic for almost two months.
Wide criticism of Trump cutting WHO’s funding is wrong. While the world did call it out along with Trump, they all took the politically correct route when action was needed. Only Trump stood up.
The world needs to follow Trump as he is the only gutsy leader who can teach China a BIG lesson.Deepak Kaistha