On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump lashed out at the World Health Organization, calling them “literally a pipe organ for China." He said that the United States will soon be coming out with its recommendations on the global body, followed by one in Beijing.
Talking about WHO's role in the spread of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, Trump said: “They misled us." “We will have a recommendation pretty soon but we are not happy with the World Health Organization,” he said while interacting with reporters at his Oval Office in the White House.
This is not the first time the US president has publicly criticised the World Health Organization. Earlier he had labeled the organization "China centric", following which he launched an investigation into the WHO’s role in the spread of the novel coronavirus. The investigation will also be tracking the role of China and as to how the virus spread from its Wuhan city.
The highly infectious coronavirus first originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan last December, after which it quickly spread across the globe like wildfire.
“On world health with China to follow,” Trump said when asked to clarity about his comment on recommendation. “On the World Health Organization or a recommendation on China or what do you mean?” he was asked.
“What are you hoping to learn about China and the World Health Organization with this investigation you have commissioned with the intelligence agencies?” he was asked.
“It is coming in and I am getting pieces already and we are not happy about it and we are by far the largest contributor to WHO,...and they misled us. I don’t know. They must have known more than they knew because they came after what other people knew that weren’t even involved,” Trump said.
“We knew things that they didn’t know and either they didn’t know it or they didn’t tell us or you know right now they are literally a pipe organ for China. That is the way I view it,” he said.
Donald Trump, who has halted the funds to WHO said that the United States poured in between USD 400 and USD 500 million, whereas China only contributed USD 38 million-- “And yet, they seem to work for China and they should have been in there early, they should have known what was going on and they should have been able to stop it,” he said.