Washington D.C.: President Donald Trump said Friday he was severing US tied with the World Health Organisation, which he says failed to do enough to combat the initial spread of the novel coronavirus.
Trump first suspended funding to the UN agency a month ago, accusing it of mismanaging its handling of the global pandemic.
Then 10 days ago, he accused the Geneva based WHO of being a “puppet” of China, and said the funding freeze would become permanent unless it made “substantive improvements.”
“Because they have failed to make the requested and greatly needed reforms, we will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization,” Trump told reporters.
The Republican leader said the US would be redirecting funds previously allocated to the WHO “to other worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs.”
“The world needs answers from China on the virus. We must have transparency,” Trump said.
Beijing has furiously denied the US allegations that it played down the threat when the virus first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan last year.