Coronavirus Blowback: Trump Threatens to Withhold Funds from the “China Centric” UN WHO

Official White House Photo of President Trump

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

President Trump has announced threatened the USA will withhold funds from the WHO in the wake of their gross mishandling of the Chinese Coronavirus outbreak.

Trump: U.S. to withhold funds from ‘China-centric’ WHO
Trump threatens to withhold U.S. funding from ‘China-centric’ WHO

By Tom Howell Jr.– The Washington Times – Updated: 6:14 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, 2020

President Trump said Tuesday the U.S. will put a “powerful hold” on U.S. funding to the World Health Organization, saying it struck a “China-centric” tone as the coronavirus virus unfolded and dragged its feet in declaring a pandemic.

“They could have called it much earlier,” Mr. Trump said. “When they call every shot wrong, that’s no good.”

Mr. Trump said the U.S. pays a disproportionate amount to the public health arm of the U.N., so he wants to see if it’s worth committing the money.

“I’m not saying I’m going to do it,” Mr. Trump said.

Read more: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/apr/7/donald-trump-us-withhold-who-funding/

Even CNN criticised the WHO’s abysmal China centric mishandling of the Coronavirus epidemic.

Despite widespread criticism of their initial missteps, WHO shows no sign of getting their act together and focussing on their core mission; In the middle of a pandemic, a week ago a senior WHO advisor published an article exploring how to insert climate action into the global pandemic response.

The WHO has been worse than useless; in my opinion they helped add credibility to China’s lies and false assurances, which lulled the world’s governments into believing the pandemic was not a major issue until it was too late.

Correction (EW): corrected the web link to the CNN article criticising the WHO.
Correction (EW): Nick points out that Trump only threatened to withhold funds. The Washington Times updated their article since this post was written, the original title was a direct copy of the Washington Times.


UPDATE: h/t Craig – Sky News Australia reports the WHO is refusing to release the names of the doctors who vetoed a pandemic declaration in January.

World health Organisation refuses to name staff who blocked early COVID-19 travel bans

EXCLUSIVE: Digital Editor Jack Houghton

The World Health Organisation has refused to release the names of doctors who blocked an early bid to declare coronavirus a global health emergency.

A Sky News Australia investigation has revealed a group of WHO doctors debated whether to declare the deadly coronavirus global emergency in late January but those who wanted to implement strict travel restrictions were outvoted and instead, the body released a glowing statement praising China, followed by a recommendation for countries not to ban travel to China.

Read more: https://www.skynews.com.au/details/5e8d196323eec60017f0ee31

146 thoughts on “Coronavirus Blowback: Trump Threatens to Withhold Funds from the “China Centric” UN WHO

    • “Trump to Withhold Funds…”
      Then after his bluff gets called out: “I’m not saying I’m going to do it,”

      Its the WHO, its China, its the Governors, its the Democrats, its Obama, its anyone but Trump.

      Most other countries acted early and decisively while Trump said “its a hoax”, “it’ll go away like magic”. This will be his damning legacy.

      • If you are going to be fair not many of the decisions were his to make and it’s just optics. The travel ban was his to make and when he did so he was called racist by many media and indirectly by Xi thru chineese state media.

        There is plenty of blame to go around and most and history will equally portion it. Probably only you good little lefties will fixate on “its a hoax” comment.

        • You’re right about the optics, the trouble is the optics were all wrong. Trump wasted a crucial month lulling the population into complacency by repeatedly down-playing or even dismissing the threat, underestimating the risk, lying about testing and mischaracterising it as merely the flu. Being the optimistic cheerleader is one thing but he just sleepwalked over a cliff. His gang of shills at Fox were right there with him echoing the disastrous messaging.

          March 6th: “Our numbers are just about lower than anybody”.

          The US is going to end up with the worst death-toll by far – yesterday alone 33,000 new cases and 2000 dead.

          • How do you know that the U.S. will have the highest death toll? Estimates from China are quite high. Also please don’t quote CNN and attribute to Trump. You should be able to find enough ammunition from what he actually said. Doing otherwise is just a form of gaslighting, trying to turn discussion from real issues to countering your misquoted – which is why I feel you do it.

          • 2000 dead after 2 months, Loydo? November thru February 12,000 died from the flu. We didn’t shut down the world and you could still buy Toilet Paper. That last one still befuddles me.

            But hysteria hypers, like you fixate on 2000 dead? Are you asking why the pneumonia numbers are eradicate as all this is going on? They really bring into question the reporting of COVID 19 deaths. What we know to be true is that, it is almost exclusively old sick people dying. And they would be dying whether the Chinese let COVID loose on the world or not.

            Every one of your posts lacks two things: Perspective and Honesty and incorporates one thing: Politics. If you want to know what the problem is in the U.S. stop blaming Trump and look in the mirror.

          • Loydo,
            Deaths are not a good metric per some experts, but since you are quoting them here’s some data:
            April 6:
            US = 1,255 daily; 10,871 total
            EU = 2,894 daily; 46,145 total

            April 7:
            US = 1,970 daily; 12,841 total
            EU = 3,861daily; 49,810 total

            Not a good trend for either US or EU. The EU is the largest single market area according to europa.eu:

            “The European Union is one of the most outward-oriented economies in the world. It is also the world’s largest single market area. Free trade among its members was one of the EU’s founding principles, and it is committed to opening up world trade as well.”

            I acknowledge that comparing the US to the EU has its drawbacks but comparing the US to individual EU-member countries only a fraction of the area and population of the US has it’s greater drawbacks.

            Look at this data and tell me again that “Most other countries acted early and decisively”

          • Actually “merely the flu” is not the same as saying it’s nothing.

            The flu can be quite serious for some people.

        • ” Perhaps if Trump’s opponents hadn’t maintained their destabilising political circus which distracted everyone’s attention, the US response would have been faster.”

          Not according to himself:

          ““I don’t think I would have done any better if I had not been impeached,” Trump told reporters in the White House briefing room Tuesday evening. “I don’t think I would have acted any differently, or I don’t think I would have acted any faster.””

        • Would I have liked action to be taken sooner? Absolutely – WUWT sounded the alarm back in January.

          https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/01/24/china-corona-virus-horror-video-hospital-corridor-of-dead-and-dying/

          But there was a lot of misinformation about the pandemic, from formerly trusted sources like the WHO, so I completely understand people taking a different view. The lockdown is doing enormous economic damage, so I understand good politicians hesitating to introduce such an extreme measure.

          • “misinformation about the pandemic, from formerly trusted sources like the WHO”

            Rubbish. What “misinformation”?

          • The WHO didn’t declare the Coronavirus a pandemic until March. Pretty late in the day don’t you think Loydo?

          • Eric Worrall April 8, 2020 at 12:30 am

            But there was a lot of misinformation about the pandemic, from formerly trusted sources like the WHO, so I completely understand people taking a different view. The lockdown is doing enormous economic damage, so I understand good politicians hesitating to introduce such an extreme measure.
            ————-
            World Health Organization (WHO)
            @WHO
            · Jan 30
            BREAKING
            “For all of these reasons, I am declaring a public health emergency of international concern over the global outbreak of #2019nCoV.”-@DrTedros

          • “For all of these reasons, I am declaring a public health emergency of international concern over the global outbreak of #2019nCoV.”-@DrTedros

            So you, ghalfrunt, would argue that a declaration of a PHEIC is the same thing as a pandemic declaration, as Eric specifically stated?

            Is that right?

          • and 5 days after that was article posted the ban from china was enacted. the day after the pandemic task force reported that we needed to.

      • Why do you repeat lies? “its a hoax”, “it’ll go away like magic”. that is not what he said, it been disprove multiple times.

          • Utter falsehoods.
            Typicallies from lolly.

            A highly edited compilation of sentence fragments; without context or framework to completely mischaracterize President Trump’s actual actions.
            Exactly the type of willfully wrong misinformation published by the fake news media.

            Nor does one credit the CDC and NIH who perhaps maliciously misadvised advised the President prior to every news interview.

            Now, show a President of any country that acted quicker and more decisively for any threatening epidemic or pandemic!?

            Xi Jinping’s early actions were to censure and obfuscate the outgoing news regarding COVID-19.
            Actions they followed up with claims that COVID-19 was released by the American Military.
            Even today, China prevents any real information about COVID-19 from reaching the world.

          • So who is this head of the WHO and how did he get the job?
            https://youtu.be/XPSlqF5pjrw

            Also note that USA is a member of the WHO —
            https://www.who.int/choice/demography/by_country/en/
            and elsewhere it says —

            All countries which are Members of the United Nations may become members of WHO by accepting its Constitution. Other countries may be admitted as members when their application has been approved by a simple majority vote of the World Health Assembly. Territories which are not responsible for the conduct of their international relations may be admitted as Associate Members upon application made on their behalf by the Member or other authority responsible for their international relations. Members of WHO are grouped according to regional distribution (194 Member States).

            Maybe it’s time for the non-socialist westernized nation to UNexit!

          • Loydo: This manufactured piece you posted gets into a lot of issues.

            One of them, is that it expects to delivery the message you want to spread, and it eliminates context. People spread mis (and selective) information to alter context and meaning. It is evil to do such things instead of having a discussion based on factual information.

            For instance, you actually know that Trump never called Coronavirus a hoax, yet you want to tell people he called it a hoax. Since you know you are spreading lies, it makes you unable to participate in anything of substance.

        • ATheoK,
          NZ has done considerable better than the US in dealing with the outbreak. It
          instituted a ban on travel from China at about the same time as the US but since
          then has followed a different trajectory including a complete lockdown the moment
          community transmission was discovered. As a result there has been only one death
          (so far) and numbers are now falling. The US’s response due to Trump consistently
          downplaying the seriousness has led to thousands of unneccessary deaths.

      • “Most other countries acted early and decisively”

        LOL. Most countries were still doing nothing at all when Trump closed the borders to China.

        Only Asian countries acted faster.

        But it is interesting to watch The Narrative rapidly change from ‘Trump is racist for closing the borders’ to ‘Trump should have acted faster even though he was busy dealing with our stupid impeachment scam at the time’.

      • “Its the WHO, its China, its the Governors, its the Democrats”

        WOW,

        Loy-doh go something correct……. unintentionally, of course.

        And yes, “climate change™” is a hoax…

        Climate change is not happening in any un-natural, human forced way

      • Remember when Trump stopped flights from Europe and everyone went off their tree because it was crazy talk… and then shut their own borders anyway?

        Nope, of course you don’t. You have TDS too bad for that.

        Also, despite what your heroes in Beijing keep telling you to say, it IS China’s fault. The Wuhan Virus started in WUHAN, not Trump Tower. That is FACT. The truth to be discovered is how much China then deliberately allowed it to spread and how much their vassal WHO assisted them.

      • “Most other countries acted early and decisively while Trump said “its a hoax”, “it’ll go away like magic”. This will be his damning legacy.”

        only a few acted decisively. Singapore, HK, Tiawan, later Korea.

        That said, the main reason people argue against travel bans.
        1. they are hard to do right, especially since you have to repatriate nationals
        2. The can lead to a false sense of security, witness the USA

        The USA travel ban was not a travel ban. Flights from Wuhan were banned, so if you had gotten
        out of Wuhan before the 23rd ( Millions did), then you could land in the USA and nobody
        at the airport would check people or even ask questions.

        heck, KAL did more to prevent china travellers ( China to Seoul to US) than the US did.
        To board the plane in Seoul for the USA on Feb 12th I had to prove to KAL that I had spent
        14 days out of china to Get on the plane. At the USA of course there was no check.
        There was no requirement to sign a health declaration punishable by fine and jail time
        ( as is typical in Korea, Singapore and Taiwan ) TSA, Immigration, aircrews, nobody
        asked any questions.

        Armed with a false sense of security Trump and other politicians ( Deomcrats & Republicans)
        basically told the public there was nothing to worry about. Folks in the US had all of Feb
        and half of march to do the basics. Hand washing. how hard was that?

        • “Armed with a false sense of security Trump and other politicians ( Deomcrats & Republicans)
          basically told the public there was nothing to worry about.”

          The only reason they were not alarmed is because China’s leadership and the WHO lied to them on January 14, and told the world that the Wuhan virus could not be transmitted human-to-human. As soon as Trump figured out what was going on, he slapped a travel ban on China, two weeks after the Chinese and WHO lied to everyone, on January 31. If the world had had that extra two weeks to prepare, including travel bans from China, then the death count would be much lower today, and the economies of the world would not have had to be shut down.

          The people to blame for this attack on humanity are the leaders of China and their flunky the World Health Organization.

      • The German Robert Koch Institut didn’t see any problems too.
        Corona is less dangerous than influenza, so no special action is necesssry.
        And so did the gouvernement, who’s consultant RKI is.

      • Loyso
        Trump DID NOT call The Virus a Hoax so withdraw or go away…

        Even the Trump hatin’ Snopes will not accept that …

        It does rate the verdict as a Mixture but this part is clear cut..
        What’s False
        Despite creating some confusion with his remarks, Trump did not call the coronavirus itself a hoax….2 March 2020

        • When not even snopes won’t support your TDS, Loydo, you know you’ve gone over the deep end.

      • Canada acted decisively by shipping 15-16 tons of medical supplies to China. China ate them up and then spit them back out to Italy — at a profit. WHO’s got China’s back.

      • ““Trump to Withhold Funds…”
        Then after his bluff gets called out: “I’m not saying I’m going to do it,””

        Loydo, you need to read Trump’s book “The Art of the Deal”.

        This is classic Trump: If he is dealing with some entity, he always throws out the worst-case scenario to that entity, and eventually he walks the extreme position back to the point where he really wanted to be in the first place, and the entity he is dealing with thinks he got a good deal because he wasn’t subjected to Trump’s extreme position.

        Trump was talking to the WHO when he said those things. He was telling them they are in danger of suffering dire economic consequences, and then he says he is going to look into it, giving the WHO a little time to think about their situation and perhap offer some kind of compromise before Trump drops the hammer on them.

        The Art of the Deal, Loydo. One major aspect of the Art of the Deal, is you have to be willing to walk away from a bad deal, and you need to let the entity you are dealing with know that in advance.

      • Lloydo,

        On Jan 30 WHO determined Wuhan virus was a public health emergency.
        On Feb 2 US State Dept issued a do not travel advisory level 4 for China.
        On Feb 4 this news item showed China and WHO denouncing the US policy for acting against WHO recommendations.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KJkgaK2NNA

        Some 50 other nations followed US leadership in spite of WHO recommendations. China condemned the “excessive restrictions”.

        Dang the facts, huh Lloydo. Its easier to just make stuff up like “bluff gets called out”.

      • Loydo: You continue to say things which are lies. You know very well Trump did not call Covid 19 a hoax. Yet you post this drivel. Knock it off with the pure misinformation.

  1. The WHO is largely responsible for the pandemic, by underplaying the seriousness of the spread and telling countries not to close their borders when it would have made a difference.

    Countries should sue them for trillions of dollars.

    • If a country sues an international body that it funds proportionally for it’s outgoings, it is in fact sueing itself, and paying lawyers for the process.

      Well done POTUS

      • re: “Well done POTUS”

        Well played Ozonebust – the party which ought be sued is China, who, incidentally, holds billions in US debt.

        The U.S. debt to China is $1.07 trillion as of December 2019. 

         That’s 16% of the $6.7 trillion in Treasury bills, notes, and bonds held by foreign countries. The rest of the $23 trillion national debt is owned by either the American people or by the U.S. government itself.

      • Ozonebust

        Well, “sue” may be a euphemism.

        Let’s go with “significantly reduce funding from US”.

        There, you feel better?

      • Scenario for you.

        USA decides to punish WHO and slashes the amount of money given to them.

        Other nations – who as far as I understand fund WHO with a lot less of their own money – sue WHO.

        WHO either pays up (loss scenario), risks upsetting more countries and having more funding cut (loss scenario) or goes and cries to it’s rice daddy.

        Either way WHO gets punished and the Elites that have gotten fat from doing nothing have to find a host.

        Call that a Win/Win for us to be honest.

    • There is already push from the right groups in many countries for China to be asked to pay reparations just do a search. In Australia it is being championed by MP George Christensen who I will refrain from commenting on because I openly admit I don’t like the guy.

    • Canadian Liberal government medical authorities slavishly followed the WHO and their own politically-correct Liberal BS – saying they didn’t want to encourage “racism” by blocking flights from China. Yes, really! Their job was to protect Canadians and they failed, because of their greater loyalty to their own extreme-left mantras.

      It is difficult to believe these Liberal dolts could be so utterly incompetent – maybe corruption is the more probable cause. Fire the lot!

      I cancelled my flight to SE Asia via China on 28Jan2020 – yet the imbeciles at the WHO were still recommending no flight cancellations of flights to China two days later on 30Jan2020. I am very fortunate that I was not quarantined in China or elsewhere in SE Asia.
      Conclusion: Never believe anything from the WHO – they are dangerously incompetent or worse – corrupt to the core.

      WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION REFUSES TO NAME STAFF WHO BLOCKED EARLY COVID-19 TRAVEL BANS
      08/04/2020
      https://www.skynews.com.au/details/5e8d196323eec60017f0ee31
      [excerpt]
      “The Committee does not recommend any travel or trade restriction based on the current information available,” the WHO wrote on January 30 at a time when confirmed cases had already reached 12,167 in China and the virus had killed 170 people.

      https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/03/28/the-next-frontier-in-coronavirus-testing-identifying-the-full-scope-of-the-pandemic-not-just-individual-infections/#comment-2949259
      [excerpt}

      More thoughts on Covid-19 and its timeline – it’s called 19 for a reason – it means 2019.

      Start 17Nov2019 – this is a more credible start date to me – but it could be earlier, especially if it was a man-made virus as some allege, deliberately released.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_the_2019%E2%80%9320_coronavirus_pandemic_in_November_2019_%E2%80%93_January_2020

      Canadian data is at
      https://virihealth.com

      These Provincial Trends plots just show when provinces in Canada started testing circa 15Mar2020 – lots of earlier data was missed, including illnesses and deaths.

      I cancelled my SE Asia trip on 28Jan2020 – and I consider myself poorly informed at that time in this coronavirus subject. Our useless dolts in Canada did not start testing until three months after the first cases appeared in China and did not quarantine travellers from overseas until 16Mar2020. The USA initiated quarantines from overseas six weeks earlier, on 31Jan2020. All our Canadian dolts had to do was read the newspaper and copy the USA – but they thought they were smarter, or more likely they were just asleep-on-the-job.

      To top it off, the Trudeau Liberals shipped 16 tonnes of our reserve protective medical supplies to China and now we are severely short of protective gear and our hospitals are running out. You have to ask the question – are the Trudeau Liberals really this stupid, or are they deliberately putting Canadians at risk and sabotaging Canada?

      https://virihealth.com/provincial-trends/

    • On Jan 23 China welded a city shut.
      actions speak louder than words.
      ANYONE who waited to hear from the WHO has only themselves to blame.

      • “ANYONE who waited to hear from the WHO has only themselves to blame.”

        So according to you – no one should listen to the WHO? What is it’s purpose then? Why is it being funded?

      • On Jan 23 China welded a city shut.

        Yeah no fracking wonder “Mosher,” they WERE THE EPICENTER. For freaks sake why do you continue to make a fracking moron of yourself???

        So farging what? If NYC had been in the same scenario what makes you think Comrades De Blasio and Cuomo wouldn’t have done the same thing?

  2. As it was happening , I thought they were just resisting the press baying for the right to use word pandemic in their breathless headlines. That seemed cautious and appropriate.

    I recently read something about some kind of insurance market trading obligations they wanted to mature before they used the P-word since this had legal implications on pay outs and insurance liabilities. Someone probably had stocks. Never dug into it further.

    Not convinced the “china centric” rhetoric is more than hot air.

    • That was covered on Zerohedge and elsewhere. Follow the money. Yes there will be major losses for some as the pandemic was declared before June.

      As to the “China-Centric” part. The head of the WHO is a dyed in the wool Marxist out of Ethiopia and his views are extremely Marxist-Centric if you prefer a different term.

    • Greg even CNN published an article suggesting the WHO messed up their pandemic response. Given the bipartisan support for the view the WHO made big mistakes, I don’t think you’ll find many takers for your POV.

    • Greg:

      Your comment “…Not convinced the ‘china centric’ rhetoric is more than hot air…”

      1) Does this mean you’re ok with the WHO informing the world that there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission of one of the world’s most infectious diseases?

      2) Does this mean you’re ok with The Who praising China for it’s transparency, even though China STILL refuses to release critical data required to accurately model the epidemic?

      • Ad 2)
        Looks like the US are not really in need of outside „critical data“ anymore, given the case numbers it was able to accumulate over the last few weeks.

        Blame as much as you want and see what good it does you.
        Trump‘s reactions were abysmal and how you can make virtually every topic about an us vs. them scenario is beyond me. Frankly, I feel sorry for you guys.

  3. When is Trump going to start rolling out selectively lifting of confinement?

    This can not go on for much longer.

    • Trump isn’t in control of that the shutdown is done by each state, same situation in Australia.

    • Greg – President Trump can’t lift the confinements.

      The confinements of varying degrees were all called by the Governors of the States. That’s their call and it’s known as State’s Rights. It is Federal overreach if he institutes a shutdown on the States.

      He controls the borders and immigration to the extent the current laughable laws allow. The travel bans from other countries are in President Trump’s purview. The State of Emergency allows the Feds to take certain action to help the States, like mobilizing the Military to provide additional hospital beds, coordinate needed supplies, and fast-track research on treatments, cures, and vaccines, print money for the politicians to steal, etc.

      President Trump can announce that he’s lifting the E.O. on such and such date and that the country should get back to business, albeit probably recommending commonsense precautions.

      However, all 50 Governors are free to ignore him and keep their States on lockdown for as long as they want, but then that’s all on them and their political calculations.

      It’s up to us to pressure our Governors to lift the confinements and shutdowns as we are under house arrest without due process.*
      .
      .
      The situation on the ground is changing with HCQ + Zpak + Zinc gaining asa preventative and cure if used early on. Oxygen therapy instead of ventilators is showing to be much more promising than the 50%-plus death rate using ventilators; greater success rate with less or no lung damage. Ivermectin is showing promise as well. And they also have rapid tests now – 15 minutes, I seeing? – that confirm whether or not a person has the Wuhan Flu.

      It’s hard to believe the mess we are in right now after just a few weeks. But it’s also hard to say where we will be in another to three weeks if these preventatives and cures pan out. There will be no need for shutdowns and confinements.

      *I have no problem with forced quarantines of known carriers of say, scarlet fever, or rubella, or Ebola and the like. They are known to be a threat to the public as; ‘guilty’ so to speak. But if you don’t have symptoms, (a problem with this one, I know), you are innocent until proven guilty and should be free to move about as you like, dictated only by your commonsense or lack thereof.

      • “It’s up to us to pressure our Governors to lift the confinements and shutdowns as we are under house arrest without due process.*”

        So far, in Washington State, there is zero enforcement that I have seen. I deliver for Doordash and Uber Eats in northwest Washington, and have not been pulled over asking why I’m out and about. It still seems like traffic gets a little back toward “normal” every day, but that could be my misperception.

        So there is no “house arrest” in my state at least.

        • Remember Jeff, essential businesses are allowed to be open, and people are allowed to go to those businesses, which means there will be some number of cars on the road. Police (at least in most US states, can’t speak for the rest of the world) aren’t going to pull people over willy nilly unless they have a reason (hopefully a good reason) to do so. You, alone, in your car is no more suspicious than all the other essential workers on the roads. A car full of teenagers driving down the street, however, might get a second glance from the police.

          Also remember, the police want to social distance as much as everyone else, so they’re not going to want to interact with others any more than necessary. So again, they’ll want to have a reason before pulling someone over. A driver, all alone in his vehicle, isn’t (on it’s own) sufficient reason for most police officers in this country at this time.

    • re: “When is Trump going to start rolling out selectively lifting of confinement?”

      Wrong question is asked; its governors and here in Texas what is called a “Judge”* (in the “Commissioner’s Court”) who have exercised that power.

      .
      .
      * Effectively, the chief or lead county commissioner

    • You really don’t understand how this constitutional republic thing works, do you Greg. Trump didn’t put the confinement in place and he can’t take it away, that’s in the hands of each individual state’s Governors.

  4. Good posting, Eric. I watched President Trump announce the thought of withholding WHO funds, due to their “China-centric” conduct. Sounded like a no-brainer, and sure enough, several of the no-brain crowd questioned Trump on why he said “China-centric”. The Trump Derangement Syndrome should be declared a mental dysfunction, like a bi-polar condition. Yesterday Trump called out the propaganda reporter, from a station in Hong Kong, who really works for the China Communist Party, and today several news agencies defended her. Wow! Stay safe.

  5. $900 million dollars vanishing from their budget will certainly get WHO’s attention!

    Now, what *I* am wondering is if China will replace it.

    If they don’t, they will demonstrate they are not a reliable patron, in a world where they are trying to build reliable vassals to confirm their “cultural sphere”..

    If they *do* replace it, they confirm WHO’s vassalage to them, and make them useless as a catspaw.

    • So if they are funded disprortionately by the US thats bad, and they have been proven to be useless at best. However if another country replaces the US funding thats confirming vassalage? which somehow didnt exist when it was US money?

      • Yatpos

        The problem is no president (or designee) has really ever appropriately managed the US relationship with the WHO.

        Paraphrasing an old LBJ expression: grab them by the balls and their hearts and minds will follow.

        What we have now as head of WHO is an Ethiopian communist who isn’t even medical doctor. He receives lots of attention from China, not the US.

        • Paraphrasing an old LBJ expression: grab them by the balls and their hearts and minds will follow.

          For Trump should that be grab them by a different anatomical feature? 😉

      • Yarpos, the US doesn’t do vassalage, largely because we demand rule of law, not personal allegiance. When the CCP bought Tedros, by getting him into his WHO position, they bought a vassal. There is no question of his loyalty to the CCP after his behavior over the last 3 months, nor that of the WHO. Their ineffectiveness at their purported job is why US support is bad.

        The CCP is a governing body that is reactionary against the freedoms of action that are the core of the continuing industrial revolution.

    • Well, that is the risk; that China will assume full financial and political control of the Worthless Health Organization. Not that they aren’t close already:

      “BRUTAL: 5 awful facts about WHO’s Tedros Adhanom”

      https://youtu.be/XPSlqF5pjrw

  6. This is step one. The US needs to stop wasting money on worthless NGOs who are more interested in harming the US than informing the world about verifiable facts.
    This covid overkill is of a piece with AGW.

  7. It’s great to hear that President Trump is withholding funds from the WHO as it has become worse than useless. The WHO is entirely a servant of the Chinese government which has purchased it lock stock and barrel. At first, the WHO helped the Chines government hide the outbreak of Covid-19, then they aided in downplaying it, then the switched to supporting widespread and hysterical responses that damaged Western economies. Not having the WHO anymore would be a boost to World Health, even in Africa.

  8. “President Trump has announced the USA will withhold funds from the WHO in the wake of their gross mishandling of the Chinese Coronavirus outbreak.”

    Well, yes. But if you read down the article, then a few minutes later…

    ““I’m not saying I’m going to do it,” Mr. Trump said.”

    • Thanks Nick. The original article was edited I think, the title has definitely been changed. Updating.

      • “Nick points out that Trump only threatened to withhold funds”
        Not really. He did indeed say he was going to do it
        “We’re going to put a hold on money spent to the W.H.O., we’re going to put a very powerful hold on it and we’re going to see”

        Then, as the NYT put it
        “After saying flatly that the United States had decided to “put a hold” on the organization’s money, the president later denied that he had made those remarks and appeared to back down.

        “I’m not saying that I’m going to do it. But we’re going to look at it,” he said. When a reporter noted that he had indeed said the funding would end, Mr. Trump insisted, wrongly: “No, I didn’t. I said we’re going to look at it.””

        • Ever dropped a word by mistake when you were speaking Nick? Trump clarified his position very quickly, everyone amended.

          • Eric,
            “Ever dropped a word by mistake”
            More than one word. He asserted twice in one sentence that they were going to do it, and rather emphatically. Your source (Wash Times) and you took it that he was going to do it.

          • Ever dropped a word by mistake . . .

            He doesn’t have to have dropped a word by mistake. This guy thinks out loud, sometimes unfortunately.

            Putting a hold on the giving of money temporarily while “we look at it” doesn’t necessarily mean withholding it permanently. Reference the ridiculous debacle produced and directed by progressives regarding Ukraine military aid.

            Naturally, this means giving the man the benefit of the doubt, something profligate propagandizing progressives most certainly will not be willing to do. Nor those who always seem to flame their Nickers while Stoking the fires of deliberate disagreement.

          • Letting people know you are cutting their funding and then walking it back and saying maybe… to me that’s sound policy. Apply pressure, let people think there is a way out.

          • The art of the deal… We are all getting a lesson on how to win. Some people hate that. I don’t.

  9. Good. Any group that would take a single study from anywhere to claim that “human to human transmission is not happening” like the WHO did in mid January deserves to be fired! The fact that the lone claim originated in China does not instill confidence either. Not that China has a corner on corrupt and politicized science.

    Here is hoping other less than forthcoming UN agencies, cough IPCC cough, get defunded as well.

  10. He said he’s putting a “powerful hold” on the funds.

    Dafuq is that supposed to mean?

    • Just another Trumpism, it can mean whatever he wants it to mean or nothing if he was just posturing.

      • Yarpos

        Let’s see if I understand this:

        o Reporters ask questions knowing Trump has not finalized a decision about WHO (definitely a fair question from reporters)

        o Trump responds that he hasn’t yet reached a decision, and gives a range of options he’s considering

        o People like you then knowing & willingly misconstrue his answer as trying to have it both ways.

        What a childish and non-productive thought process.

        • Javert. Why are so many no-brainer willing to provide proof of their worth ? Another. Plus for the Donald . Like all successful businessmen for the shareholders he is 100%

  11. Excellent. Now if our worse than useless PM Trudeau were to stopp trying for a UN Security Seat with tax dollars and finding WHO it would be much better

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  13. Yes Mac,
    Add the UN IPCC to that withholding of funds due to their promulgation of mankind’s greatest fraud ever – the CO2 causes global warming con.
    Just try standing outside on a sunny day and deciding from whence the heat is arriving. It will not be from the open sky above which is supposed to be radiating twice the amount of energy per square metre as that from the Sun according to the UN IPCC ‘Greenhouse Effect’ cartoons. It will all be directly from the Sun.
    We have always known that but allowed the authority of the UN to make us into complete fools.

  14. After testing the waters and assessing the reaction he will see that his base and other sensible people are in agreement and he will withhold the funding.
    Hell, Tedros, the Beijing Toady is a bloody Marxist who has been accused of covering up 3 cholera outbreaks in Africa before assuming the position at WHO.
    I vote Pete Townshend to head the WHO.

  15. It’s actually Canada’s fault. If Canada hadn’t allowed Chinese agents to steal pathogens from an ultra secure lab in Winnipeg, we wouldn’t have this problem. Blame Canada!

    • Probably is our fault, the government can’t do anything without sucking up to the Chinese, practically daily

    • I’m happy with the careless lab workers theory, if it was a bioweapon it would be worse.

      The following video presents an interesting theory.

      • We won’t actually know the truth for a few years, if ever.

        The guy, Laowhy86, is trying to make some money from YouTube and Patreon. For that reason we have to worry about click bait. On the other hand, he presents evidence that can presumably be checked out.

        I watched one of his other videos. He complains that China has recently changed for the worse and makes a bunch of claims. I talked to a couple of the Chinese members of the family about that. They were able to point out easily confirmed factual errors by Laowhy86. His situation has probably deteriorated but they think that’s largely his own fault.

        Anyway, the escaped-from-a-lab coronavirus theory is interesting. So are lots of theories about JFK.

        In a sense, it really doesn’t matter if the epidemic was started by an infected lab worker or by some critter in the farmer market. The bigger question is about what the authorities did after.

  16. A smart move by Donald Trump to withhold funds to the slack workings of the WHO., evidenced by that body only announcing that the world faced a pandemic on March 9, weeks too late.
    Better still the US among other nations should withdraw from the left inclined UN, particularly with regard to its Human Rights Commission.

  17. If WHO is organising Lady Gaga then they can’t be taking the apparent apocalypse seriously.

    WHO is China’s vassal and China is currently shameless carrying out economic warfare on the rest of the world.

    I am not claiming China deliberately allowed Wuhan Virus to outbreak in the first place, as even I do not believe they are ruthless enough to deliberately allow mass infection within their own borders, but I am suggesting they didn’t care at all if it expanded to the rest of the world, I am suggesting they are now shamelessly milking the situation to try and increase their stranglehold as the major supplier of everything and I am suggesting that their vassal WHO did everything China told them to do to assist.

    • dont give them to much credit Craig, historically they have been ruthless with their own people

  18. Having a democratic body where most of the votes come from dictatorships, who though that might work. The UN delegates that vote should come from only democracies that hold decent elections. The rest can have a chair but not vote.

  19. Its possible China might have intimidated the WHO by threatening them personally.

    In 2018 China kidnapped the head of Interpol Meng Hongwei, held him in secret, then announced they were charging him with accepting bribes. Many people believe this was retaliation because Meng refused to issue international arrest warrants for Chinese dissidents.

    This was a shocking act of lawlessness IMO. The correct procedure would have been to present their charges to interpol, not simply grab him off the street.

  20. Then we get Dr. Fauci today praising the head of the World Health Organization.

    You didn’t need to do that, Dr. Fauci.

    Perhaps Dr. Fauci has a personal relationship with the man, I don’t know, but Tedros’ public behavior is questionable at best. He’s accused of downplaying Cholora epidemics in his home country of Ethiopia, and now here he is downplaying the Wuhan virus pandemic.

    I don’t know why Dr. Fauci felt the need to praise this guy. It will probably come back to haunt him. No doubt some leftwing reporter will be asking Dr. Fauci about what he thinks of Trump cutting off his buddy’s funds.

    Dr. Fauci is like a fish out of water when it comes to politics. He leaves himself wide open to criticism because he doesn’t understand just how determined the leftwing reporters are to get Trump. He thinks everyone is a nice guy like he is. Including Tedros, I guess.

    You’ve put yourself in a postion where you have some explaining to do, Dr. Fauci.

    • Dr. Fauci was interviewed on Fox News this morning and was asked about Trump’s theats to defund the WHO, and Dr. Fauci said he didn’t want to get into the politics of it, and left it at that.

      Good answer, Dr. Fauci.

      • Any serious topic you don’t want to deal it is “politics”.

        Yet these MORONS make policy recommendations all the time. That’s what “politics” is, BY DEFINITION.

  21. Do it ! The SOB in charge won’t even acknowledge the existence of Taiwan. Beholden to CCP much ?

  22. Moderator … Why do the articles stop at April 5th?

    I got behind in my reading and tried to scroll down to read some of the older ones and it just stops at 2 days ago.

    • Carol,
      Go to WUWT Facebook page…click “posts”. You will get a complete list as you scroll down…

      Marcus

  23. WHO was criminally negligent; making deadly recommendation not to shut down travel out of China in January and February. Their alignment with China’s economic interest when Wuhan was locked down has cost at least tens of thousands of lives and, yet to be established, economic loss globally.

    Anyone funding the WHO is contributing to their criminality. The sack Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus petition now has 750k signatories:
    https://www.change.org/p/united-nations-call-for-the-resignation-of-tedros-adhanom-ghebreyesus-who-director-general
    The best way to get rid of him is to shut down the organisation. WHO has done nothing to support medical workers throughout the world. Each country and, in some cases, individual States are competing for the same medical supplies, pushing up prices. The pandemic response should be on a global scale. WHO has done nothing to foster that. All countries have done their own thing.

    • I prefer Lord Monckton’s colorful description …

      “the useless World Death Organization, whose dismal director is a fawning, soon-to-be-sacked lickspittle lackey of the Chinese Communist regime, “

    • “WHO was criminally negligent; making deadly recommendation not to shut down travel out of China in January and February.”

      They definitely made deadly recommendations. WHO kept the airplanes flying, spreading the Wuhan virus all over the world for weeks, after the Chinese leadership and presumably the WHO knew they had an extremely infectious disease on their hands.

      This is a crime against humanity. A crime demanding harsh punishment.

    • The University of WA forecasts now include other countries. This UK:
      https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-kingdom

      This forecasts peak daily toll of 2,932 on 17 April. Overall UK death toll forecast to exceed the USA.

      This group predicted two weeks ago that NY would reach a daily toll of 855 on Good Friday. It appears the peak today of 791 may be as bad as it gets. But the prediction in number and timing was quite good.

      Overall US toll total forecast is falling. Now at 60k. It was 80K two days ago.

      Both Italy and Spain appear to be well past their peak death tolls. The Imperial College Report 13 forecast for this week shows them still rising or cresting, not reducing.

  24. US is the single largest contributor to WHO, providing about 15% of theirtotal funding. Taking that away would definitely send a message.

    • U.S.Senator Graham, whose Senate committee is in charge of allocating money to the WHO, says his plan is to eliminate any funding for WHO from the next budget. So I guess it is going to go from $122 million per year to zero per year.

      If the WHO fires Tedros and initiates reforms suitable to the U.S., then they might get their allocation back. WHO “Business as Usual” is not acceptable. WHO “Business as Usual” has ended up causing the deaths of countless innocent people with their “mishandling” of the Wuhan virus pandemic.

  25. At the bottom of this is the nature of how UN appoints people to senior roles .
    These positions are first and foremost ‘political ‘ not ability based .

    Roughly it works by each part of the world taking in turns to get the job , now it depends on ‘nice’ the role and how much it ‘offers’ how big a fight there is about which country gets the job , no ability nor experience plays a part at this stage. Then the ‘winner ‘ gets to appoint a person , with a ‘good job’ that often ends with those related to the rulers in getting the role , no other qualifications are required.
    Once in post they have two main tasks, firstly grow the area as UN bodies never , ever die even if the reason they were created has long gone , and secondly use their role to ensure their ‘legacy ‘ which includes a finical one .

    Given this its hardly a surprise to find such UN bodies so often fail or are prone to corruption .

  26. “The ARTE documentary „Profiteers of Fear“ from 2009 shows how the mainly privately financed WHO „upgraded“ a mild wave of influenza (the so-called „swine flu“) to a global pandemic so that vaccines worth several billion dollars could be sold to governments around the world. Some of the protagonists of that time are again prominently represented in the current situation’

  27. is it any worse than 2018-

    he 2017-2018 influenza epidemic is sending people to hospitals and urgent-care centers in every state, and medical centers are responding with extraordinary measures: asking staff to work overtime, setting up triage tents, restricting friends and family visits and canceling elective surgeries, to name a few.

    “We are pretty much at capacity, and the volume is certainly different from previous flu seasons,” says Dr. Alfred Tallia, professor and chair of family medicine at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey. “I’ve been in practice for 30 years, and it’s been a good 15 or 20 years since I’ve seen a flu-related illness scenario like we’ve had this year.”

    Tallia says his hospital is “managing, but just barely,” at keeping up with the increased number of sick patients in the last three weeks. The hospital’s urgent-care centers have also been inundated, and its outpatient clinics have no appointments available”

    https://time.com/5107984/hospitals-handling-burden-flu-patients/

  28. VIDEO: 4m12s: 5 Apr: Real Clear Politics: Bill Gates: “Things Won’t Get Back To Normal Until We Have Gotten A Vaccine Out To The Entire World”
    by Tim Hains
    Bill Gates joined “FOX News Sunday” host Chris Wallace today to discuss his accurate prediction five years ago that the most deadly thing in our future would be a virus…
    “It is fair to say things won’t go back to truly normal until we have a vaccine that we’ve gotten out to basically the entire world,” he added…
    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2020/04/05/bill_gates_things_wont_get_back_to_normal_until_we_have_got_a_vaccine.html

    2 Apr: Washington Times: Bill Gates and his coronavirus conflicts of interest
    By Cheryl K. Chumley
    Bill Gates, the billionaire who founded Microsoft and, along with his wife, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, just called for a complete and utter shutdown and quarantining of the entire American nation, saying the spottiness of some states doing it and some states not has put all in coronavirus jeopardy…

    At the same time, though, Gates is one of the largest funders of the World Health Organization, one of the forefront agencies to warn, advise and counsel governments of the globe on matters pertinent to epidemics and pandemics. On matters pertinent to the WHO-declared pandemic.
    But WHO didn’t always see the coronavirus as a pandemic.

    As a matter of fact, WHO didn’t announce the coronavirus as a pandemic until the very day after Gates — who had wished for some time that WHO would declare the coronavirus a pandemic — well, until the very day after Gates made a very large donation to a cause that benefits WHO…
    Take a look at this timeline…

    In a 2017 piece titled (LINK), “Meet the world’s most powerful doctor: Bill Gates,” Politico wrote: “Some billionaires are satisfied with buying themselves an island. Bill Gates got a United Nations health agency in Geneva. Over the past decade, the world’s richest man has become the World Health Organization’s second-biggest donor, second only to the United States. … This largesse gives him outsized influence over its agenda. … The result, say his critics, is that Gates‘ priorities have become the WHO‘s.”…
    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/apr/2/bill-gates-and-his-coronavirus-conflicts-of-intere/

  29. 1 Apr: WaPo: As U.S. death toll surpasses 4,600, Fauci says the real turning point in coronavirus mitigation won’t happen until there’s a vaccine
    By Rick Noack, John Wagner, Lateshia Beachum, Alex Horton, Miriam Berger, Brittany Shammas
    •At Wednesday’s White House briefing, Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-diseases expert and the face of the U.S. response, said we could “relax social distancing” once there’s “no new cases, no deaths,” but the real turning point won’t come until there’s a vaccine…
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2020/04/01/coronavirus-latest-news/

    Joe Biden coronavirus adviser Dr. Zeke Emanuel, architect of Obamacare, brother of Obama Chief of Staff, now Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel:

    VIDEO: 3m13s: 7 Apr: Real Clear Politics: Ezekiel Emanuel: U.S. Must Stay Locked Down For 12-18 Months Until There’s A Vaccine
    by Tim Hains
    “Realistically, COVID-19 will be here for the next 18 months or more. We will not be able to return to normalcy until we find a vaccine or effective medications,” e said. “I know that’s dreadful news to hear. How are people supposed to find work if this goes on in some form for a year and a half? Is all that economic pain worth trying to stop COVID-19? The truth is we have no choice.”…TRANSCRIPT
    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2020/04/07/ezekiel_emanuel_us_must_stay_locked_down_for_12-18_months_until_theres_a_vaccine.html

    great choice, Joe:

    2014: The Atlantic: Ezekiel J. Emanuel: Why I Hope to Die at 75
    An argument that society and families—and you—will be better off if nature takes its course swiftly and promptly
    Let’s begin with demography. We are growing old, and our older years are not of high quality…
    It is not just mental slowing. We literally lose our creativity…
    Today, when the doctor recommends a test or treatment, especially one that will extend our lives, it becomes incumbent upon us to give a good reason why we don’t want it…

    I take guidance from what Sir William Osler wrote in his classic turn-of-the-century medical textbook, The Principles and Practice of Medicine: “Pneumonia may well be called the friend of the aged. Taken off by it in an acute, short, not often painful illness, the old man escapes those ‘cold gradations of decay’ so distressing to himself and to his friends.”…
    My Osler-inspired philosophy is this: At 75 and beyond, I will need a good reason to even visit the doctor and take any medical test or treatment, no matter how routine and painless…

    This means colonoscopies and other cancer-screening tests are out—and before 75. If I were diagnosed with cancer now, at 57, I would probably be treated, unless the prognosis was very poor. But 65 will be my last colonoscopy. No screening for prostate cancer at any age…

    What about simple stuff? Flu shots are out. Certainly if there were to be a flu pandemic, a younger person who has yet to live a complete life ought to get the vaccine or any antiviral drugs. A big challenge is antibiotics for pneumonia or skin and urinary infections. Antibiotics are cheap and largely effective in curing infections. It is really hard for us to say no. Indeed, even people who are sure they don’t want life-extending treatments find it hard to refuse antibiotics. But, as Osler reminds us, unlike the decays associated with chronic conditions, death from these infections is quick and relatively painless. So, no to antibiotics.

    Obviously, a do-not-resuscitate order and a complete advance directive indicating no ventilators, dialysis, surgery, antibiotics, or any other medication—nothing except palliative care even if I am conscious but not mentally competent—have been written and recorded. In short, no life-sustaining interventions…
    https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/10/why-i-hope-to-die-at-75/379329/

  30. Let’s choose a hashtag.
    #USexit (like Brexit of the EU, but UN exit)
    #UNexit
    #WHOexit

    • The UN has become a toxic organization. In their wisdom, they appointed Ghaddafi to oversee human rights, they proposed Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador. WHO and IPCC are shining examples of their sprouts.

      Let’s walk away. No, let’s run.

  31. I’m not a citizen of the UN. I’m a citizen of the US.
    I’ve never been in favor of dumping the US’s money into a international organizations that are not governed by and its authority over the individual US citizen (and their assets) are limited by the US Constitution and The Bill of Rights.
    (We fought and won a revolution to break outside control over us regarding such things.)
    I’m a bit tired of the elites saying “Let the eat cake!” when we’re left footing the bill.
    The US didn’t attain its prosperity by following the economics and politics they espouse.

  32. *SIGH*
    Typo
    “…US citizen (and their assets) are limited by the US Constitution and The Bill of Rights.”
    Should be:
    “…US citizen (and their assets) are NOT limited by the US Constitution and The Bill of Rights.”
    (I know there are other typos but that’s the biggie.)

  33. The WHO, the UN and every other parasitic thing, countries support is dead.

    https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/624/cpsprodpb/AF81/production/_111692944_wtotrade-nc.png

    No more time for CAGW, gender politics, open borders, and so on when 30% of the country is out of work and some countries cannot get their economies restarted.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/business-52211919

    If countries are going to be forced to cut expenditures on everything …. The paradises in the UN will be gone first.

    Team EU is not a team. It is every country for themselves.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-52211650

  34. Saying it is one thing. Doing it is another. It is obvious why President Trump will not dare do it.

    • re: “Saying it is one thing. Doing it is another. It is obvious why President Trump will not dare do it.”

      OH YEAH … stepping over into Nork territory with little missile boy, taking on CHINA directly w/tariffs; the W.H.O. is NOTHING in comparison.

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