Covid-19 Farce: Democrats Hint at New Impeachment Proceedings Over President Trump’s WHO Funding Stop

US National Debt as a Percentage of GDP. Source FRED. The grey shaded areas are economic recessions. US National Debt hit a low point in the 1970s after repayment of public debts incurred in WW2

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

US Democrats are incensed that President Trump is blocking US funds for the incompetent UN World Health Organisation.

Trump’s WHO funding threat echoes action that got him impeached, Democrats say


President Donald Trump’s first step toward pulling World Health Organization funding during the coronavirus pandemic has set the stage for another legal tug of war with House Democrats wary of him treading on their power.

“This decision is dangerous, illegal and will be swiftly challenged,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement Wednesday. 

The party also raised the specter of the White House’s decision to withhold congressionally-approved military aid to Ukraine last year as Trump urged the country to investigate his political rival, apparent Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. The action led to the House impeaching Trump. The Senate acquitted him in February. 

“In a desperate attempt to deflect blame, President Trump is violating the same spending laws that brought about his impeachment,” House Appropriations Committee spokesman Evan Hollander said in a statement. “The President does not have the unilateral authority to withhold the United States’ assessed contribution to the World Health Organization.”

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Reading the Impoundment entry on Wikipedia, it seems likely President Trump can only delay funding for the WHO for 45 days – a longer delay requires approval by both houses.

Presidents used to have the power to unilaterally cancel wasteful expenditure. The power was first used by President Thomas Jefferson to veto the expenditure of $50,000 on gunboats.

The Presidential power to permanently veto funding was removed under President Nixon in 1974; the Democrat Congress was incensed that Nixon kept using the impoundment power to withdraw funding from their bills, and used the Watergate scandal to pressure Nixon into approving the restriction of Presidential authority to withhold funds.

A few years later US National Debt started ballooning (see image at the top of the page).

President Clinton attempted to introduce a similar power, a line item veto, but quickly lost that power when the line item veto act was challenged and overturned in the courts.

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April 17, 2020 10:08 am

The UK’s Covid-19 today’s (Friday) update:

Reply to  Vuk
April 17, 2020 10:23 am

Belgium has the highest rate in the world, but minister say this is because they are being more transparent with their data.
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Graph is showing the number of corona virus deaths per day in countries when compared to their population size. The line represents a seven-day ‘rolling average’.

Farmer Ch E retired
Reply to  Vuk
April 17, 2020 11:39 am

Vuk – Belgium has highest reported death rate of the EU – only 3rd highest among countries reporting. Here are the numbers in reported deaths/M population:

World: 18.7
Belgium: 419
EU: 171
US: 105

These numbers are anecdotal and don’t necessarily mean anything as they are not yet “final” numbers and have not been thoroughly vetted and analyzed. Here are more anecdotal data for countries/states with significant land area north of the 60th parallel:

Greenland: 0
Russia: 2
Alaska: 12
Finland: 14
Iceland: 23
Norway: 28
Canada: 32
Sweden: 132

Farmer Ch E retired
Reply to  Farmer Ch E retired
April 17, 2020 8:36 pm

If you analyze the 60th parallel countries/states data for deaths / M pop, the average (x) is 30.3 and standard deviation (y) is 42.6. The Swedish data of 132 deaths / M pop is ~2.4 standard deviations higher than the average of these 8 northern-tier countries/states.

Reply to  Vuk
April 17, 2020 1:30 pm

The fake US numbers are easy to explain:

– Hospitals Paid Extra to List Patients as COVID19 & 3X as Much if the Patient on Ventilator:
“Senator Dr. Scott Jensen: Right now Medicare is determining that if you have a COVID-19 admission to the hospital you get $13,000. If that COVID-19 patient goes on a ventilator you get $39,000, three times as much. ”

– CDC: About 90% of ‘Coronavirus’ Hospitalized Patients Have Underlying Conditions / Comorbidities:

– CDC Tells Hospitals: No Test Needed, Just List CV-19 as “Assumed” Cause of Death:

Reply to  Wally
April 18, 2020 4:23 am

@ Wally

“Senator Dr. Scott Jensen: Right now Medicare is determining that if you have a COVID-19 admission to the hospital you get $13,000. If that COVID-19 patient goes on a ventilator you get $39,000, three times as much. ”

Yup, it is only taxpayer’s money.

The state of WV was/is including additional funding for it Public School Boards @ $1.00/enrolled student and @$3.00/enrolled student if said student is Learning Disabled, autistic, etc.

Well guess what, …… there is always a high number of LD students in most every school.

And then when the Ritalin funding was added in, …… BINGO, …… a lucrative Cash Cow for the PSBs.

Reply to  Vuk
April 17, 2020 2:41 pm

The Belgiums count every death as corona once tested positive. Also deaths in nursing homes wich are missed in most other countries.

Rudolf Huber
April 17, 2020 10:11 am

Most international organizations are a farce. Dictatorships with deciding voices at the human rights council. Sub-organizations that have been bought out by China. Corruption everywhere. Its time for an overhaul. It was about time to defund those shams. Either the world comes together and agrees on something that actually does what it’s supposed to do or we are better off without them.

Curious George
Reply to  Rudolf Huber
April 17, 2020 10:23 am

Democrats should go ahead with Impeachment II, after a huge success of Impeachment I.

Jim Gorman
Reply to  Curious George
April 17, 2020 10:50 am

I agree. At some point POTUS’s unilateral authority to conduct foreign policy is going to conflict with Congress’s ability to authorize spending on foreign purposes. I am not sure the Supreme Court will agree with Congress.

Reply to  Curious George
April 17, 2020 11:09 am

Especially during the pandemic. It will show that which really interests them.

Reply to  Curious George
April 17, 2020 12:57 pm

Trump’s lawyers have argued during the Senate trial that Obama also withheld aid to countries. Conservative lawyer George Conway, a frequent critic of Trump, blasted their position, saying on CNN that it was flawed. The Obama administration withheld the aid from countries amid diplomatic strife, including a coup in Egypt and the expulsion of American trainers from Pakistan.

Reply to  Curious George
April 17, 2020 1:22 pm

CV-19 timeline:
Jan 14, WHO declared no evidence of human-to-human transmission of virus.
– Jan 21, Dr. Fauci makes this statement about the Coronavirus: ““This is not a major threat to the people of the United States and this is not something that the citizens of the United States should be worried about right now,”
– Jan 23, At an emergency committee convened by the World Health Organization, the WHO says that the Wuhan coronavirus does not yet constitute a public health emergency of international concern.
– Jan 28, Chinese President Xi Jinping meets with WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom in Beijing. At the meeting, Xi and the WHO agree to send a team of international experts, including US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention staff, to China to investigate the coronavirus outbreak.
– Jan 29, The White House announces the formation of a new task force that will help monitor and contain the spread of the virus.
– Jan 31, Trump bans travel from Wuhan, press cites “experts” claiming it is counterproductive.
– Feb 1, Florence holds “Hug a Chinese Person Day”.
– Feb 4, President Trump dedicates part of State of the Union Address to the Coronavirus issue. Nancy Pelosi tore up her copy of this address on national television.
– Feb 9, NYC holds Chinatown parade with assurances of no danger from the mayor
– Feb 16, Dr. Fauci says “Risk of coronavirus in USA is ‘minuscule’; skip mask and wash hands”
– Feb 23, 1st evidence of community transfer within U.S.
– Feb 24, Pelosi says to shop more: “‘Come to Chinatown … come join us”
– Feb 25, Mardi Gras was held with few people sounding warnings
– Feb 26, Pence takes over task force, daily briefings begin.
– Feb 26, Fauci said: “Travel restrictions become almost irrelevant because you can’t keep out the entire world.”
– Feb 29, Fauci said that there was nothing to worry about and it posed no threat to the US public at large, ‘Going to Malls, Movie Theaters, Gym Okay’
– March 1, just 42 confirmed cases in U.S.
– March 3, NYC mayor encourages New Yorkers to go to the movies.
– March 5, NYC mayor rides the subway to assure people it is safe to do so.
– March 9, Fauci told the country it was perfectly safe for healthy Americans to take a cruise and to hold campaign rallies.
– March 11, WHO acknowledged a pandemic scale virus
– March 12, 2020: In contrast to his February 26 remarks, Fauci said that he believed certain travel restrictions have “absolutely” helped with the prevention of the spread of the coronavirus. “I think it absolutely has,” Fauci said. “I believe if we did not do that with China early on …”
Fauci also called the travel restriction involving Europe a “prudent choice.”
– April 11, Fauci claimed during an interview with Fox News’s Jesse Watters that it was “in January” when he believed that this was a problem Americans needed to worry about, which conflicts with several of his previous remarks made that month and the months following, including his remarks on the Today Show in February.

Citizen Smith
Reply to  Wally
April 18, 2020 12:23 pm

Here are a couple more dates

31 Dec 2019, a cluster of pneumonia of unknown etiology was reported in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China.
9 Jan Chinese authorities reported in the media that the cause of this viral pneumonia was initially identified as a new type of coronavirus
Jan 10 WHO advises “While the cause of the pneumonia seems to be a novel coronavirus, transmission potential and modes of transmission remain unclear”. And “WHO continues to advise against the application of travel or trade restrictions”

Jan 28 HHS Sec Azar in a speech regarding we don’t know what we don’t know about the initial 5 cases in the US, 4500 cases in China, 60 cases in the rest of the world. He warns this may be nothing but we are going to start now getting prepared for the worst.
Jan 30, the World Health Organization (WHO) determined the rapidly spreading outbreak constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).
Jan 31, 2020, the Department of State ordered the departure of all family members under age 21 of U.S. personnel in China.
Feb 2 Dept of State issues Level 4 DO NOT TRAVEL travel advisory for China

Feb 3 Reaction To US ban at WHO Executive Meeting where Chinese officials condemned “excessive restrictions” by US and cite WHO guidelines DO NOT recommend travel restrictions. Head of WHO Teddros echoed the sentiments and praised China for their efforts to contain the virus. And this kills me: WHO reported working with Google “to ensure searches yield facts based scientific results and it’s working with social media outlets to help stop the spread of misinformation”. Translation: Check out these links now before they are scrubbed in an effort to rewrite history and prevent embarrassment of powerful officials making bad decisions.

Feb 14 Dow tops 29,000 Only politicians with inside information are selling. The rest of us are blissfully ignorant.

March 15, The Quarantini (gin and tonic garnished with zinc lozenge) became the official adult beverage of the Chinese Pandemic.

March 18 the DOW bottoms below 20,000. Quarantinis continue to be administered at record rates

April 17, DOW rebounds over 23,000

Russ R.
Reply to  Wally
April 18, 2020 1:05 pm

Couple of gems to add to your list from you know WHO:
-Jan 30, WHO continues to have confidence in China’s capacity to control the outbreak.
-WHO doesn’t recommend limiting trade and movement.
-Feb 29, WHO continues to advise against the application of travel or trade restrictions to countries experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks.

Robert Terrell
Reply to  Curious George
April 17, 2020 3:34 pm

The Democrats keep repeating their BS mantra about how Trump was impeached. He was NOT impeached, because THEY didn’t have any proof or evidence! But, According to lying Nancy Pelosi, he will ‘a;ways’ be impeached. She lives in a fantasy world where SHE is the president of the entire world! We can ALL be thankful she isn’t!

Reply to  Robert Terrell
April 17, 2020 4:18 pm

You are correct. Impeachment is a process. The House develops and presents the Articles of Impeachment to the Senate which then holds an Impeachment Trial based on said Articles.
In this case the Senate acquitted the President, so he was never Impeached.
They stopped teaching Civics in American schools a long time ago…

Reply to  yirgach
April 17, 2020 4:52 pm

Article I, Section 2, of the Constitution: “The House of Representatives shall chuse [sic] their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.”

Impeachment is the equivalent of an indictment, or pressing charges by the House of Representatives. Once a person has been indicted, he goes to trial (usually). If found not guilty, HE STILL WAS INDICTED. The same holds for impeachment. Three US Presidents have been impeached, Andrew Johnson, Bill Clinton, and Donald Trump. None were found guilty by the Senate, and retained their offices. This in no way means they were not impeached because they were found not guilty.

Article I, Section 3, Clause 6: “The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.”

Reply to  yirgach
April 17, 2020 7:17 pm

Nope; Trump was never impeached. Just because Pelosi says impeachment procedure was started doesn’t mean it was; the impeachment itself is a hoax.

Trump had to play along with the hoax, but there was never an impeachment, and there were no charges anyway, so it’s a double hoax.

Also, Pelosi tried to negotiate the process with the Senate, which would have been an obstruction of justice if there was a real impeachment. Also, what Pelosi did was an abuse (actually, multiple abuses) of power. Pelosi should be impeached.

Also, trying to get candidate Trump’s taxes is another abuse of power; and those who tried should be impeached for that.

Reply to  yirgach
April 17, 2020 8:11 pm

The House refused to deal the articles of impeachment and tried to negotiate the process, thus nullifying the whole thing (that was never started in the first place).

The whole thing was a farce, cubed.

Reply to  Robert Terrell
April 20, 2020 12:47 pm

You misunderstand what the word means. Look it up in any dictionary. It means to accuse or to charge. It is the political version of filing charges or an indictment in a court of law. Therefore, Trump being “impeached” is a fact, as the House of Representatives voted to impeach him on two Articles of Impeachment.

This is little different than getting a traffic ticket. Charges by the officer with breaking laws are detailed on the ticket. If the charges are later dropped, or you are acquitted in Court, you cannot say you were never charged with a traffic offense. Being charged is a fact whether or not you are guilty of the charge.

This is no different than the TV show “Law and Order”, where the first half is the cops and prosecutors finding the evidence to press charges or indict. They do so believing they have enough evidence to convict. Either way, the person is IN FACT charged with a crime, or indicted.

Once the charges or indictment are filed with the Court, the process of going to trial is started. An impeachment follows the same track.

Once the House files the Articles of Impeachment with the Senate, i.e., the Court, the process of going to trial is started. The Senate has sole authority to TRY the case, i.e., the charges filed in the Article(s) of Impeachment. The Senate acquits or convicts.

Either way, the person was impeached by the House. Trump was impeached (unfairly, in my opinion), as was Clinton, and Andrew Johnson. You will not find a single history book that says Johnson and Clinton were never impeached because they were acquitted by the Senate.

April 17, 2020 10:12 am

Orange man bad.

Farmer Ch E retired
Reply to  Dunc.
April 17, 2020 11:46 am

Globalism Good!
(PV-19 reported deaths worldwide – 145,471)

Nuclear Energy Bad!
(Chernobyl deaths in 1st 4 months – 28)

Waite for the statisticians with their models to fix the data.

Bryan A
April 17, 2020 10:14 am

Impeached by the House and acquitted by the Senate…
Impeached or not?

John Tillman
Reply to  Bryan A
April 17, 2020 10:22 am

Yes, impeached, like A. Johnson and Clinton.

Paul Penrose
Reply to  John Tillman
April 17, 2020 11:01 am

Like being indicted and found not guilty at trial. In our system of law, you are assumed to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, not the court of opinion. So President Trump is innocent of the charges brought against him by the House. So from one POV, this reflects badly on the House because it means their case was weak/flawed; their carried the burden to prove their case and did not.

John Tillman
Reply to  Paul Penrose
April 17, 2020 11:13 am

Trump was guilty only of doing his duty to investigate US crime in Ukraine, as per the treaty signed by Clinton.

Clinton, OTOH, was guilty of perjury and obstruction of justice, but, for whatever reason, wasn’t convicted by the Senate. Also of bribery and treason, but not indicted, ie impeached, on those charges.

Reply to  John Tillman
April 17, 2020 11:34 am

President Trump wasn’t even allowed to face his accuser. That is the basic principal premise in law, that an accused has the right to face his accuser. We don’t even formerly know who that accuser is, therefore is this ‘impeachment’ even a legal one? I think history will say this was a sham impeachment. In reality, it actually exposes VP Biden and his son Hunter, as the actual corrupt ones in Ukraine. Including what happened in China, which is yet to come out yet fully what happened there with a $1.5 Billion hedge fund investment for Hunter after flying to China on Airforce 2 with his father, the VP at the time. Talk about real corruption!

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  Paul Penrose
April 17, 2020 11:29 am

There is nothing about the impeachment-removal specified in the Constitution that requires Congress to apply the legal standards of Due Process and of the Right of the Accused to challenge witnesses’ testimonies and evidence presented. The Constitution specially allows each chamber to set its own rules on their respective process and procedural rules.
Members of Congress can openly discuss their opinions and how they will vote before any evidence or procedure has been conducted. We see this everyday with Democrats calling for Trump’s impeachment and Removal. No jury member in a criminal or civll trail would be allowed to do that and remain empaneled. Federal judges that announce pre-judgements by the Rule they operate under (that do not apply to the Supreme Court justices) requires recusal.

In this regard, the Impeachment in the House is not like a Grand Jury indictment because only by tradition does the House of Representatives in their impeachment build the case that will be presented to the Senate for the senators to then consider for removal. The Senate is in no way required to do they House’s job in building the case against the accused.

This is where House Democrats royally Eff-d up with Trump’s Impeachment last December. They were in such a rush to get it done by Christmas Recess that they didn’t call all the witnesses and gather testimony to completely build their case prior to its presentation to the Senate. Thus there was much evidence that they later wished they could present in the Senate that they did not have directly becasue of their rushed Impeachment, and their desire to turn the GOP run Senate trial in a circus show, that Mitch McConnell very effectively kept his majority in line that then bitched-slapped the Democrats with their own ineptitude.

Impeachment-removal is thus an exclusively political process available to the the elected Representatives of the People to remove an abusive Executive, or any officer or judge-justice in the Federal government. It offers no other remedy than removal from office. Any criminal or civil actions from then would then be carried out as they would for anyone – with Due Process and the assumption of innocence until established as guilty beyond a reasonable doubt (criminal conviction standard).

Tom Konerman
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
April 17, 2020 11:54 am

“Thus there was much evidence” Do you have a link to this evidence?

Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
April 17, 2020 1:29 pm

It was apparent that there was evidence that the Dems made clear they wanted to introduce. What worth if any it had can not be implied or assumed from that.

They eff’ed up because they were playing games with a dishonest abusive process.

Now they’ll have to try to win an election instead. Ain’t that a bitch.

Tim Gorman
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
April 17, 2020 4:09 pm

If they actually had additional evidence they have had at least three months to bring it forward, even if just for political purposes.

The fact that they haven’t done so leads to a big question mark as to whether they actually had anything else to present.

Trump pretty much erased their accusations when he released the transcript of the Ukraine call. The Democrats never got over the hump that put in the road to convicting Trump.

Gunga Din
Reply to  Bryan A
April 17, 2020 1:03 pm

Impeached? Yes.
That’s the first step for Congress to remove a President from office.
The House of Representatives is only 1/2 of Congress.
Today’s House, suffering from severe TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome), voted to impeach.
The more usually more stable 1/2 of Congress, The Senate, said, “What for? Prove your case.”
He was not removed from office. (As Johnson and Clinton were impeached but not removed from office.)
The Dems’ in the House TDS becomes more and more acute with every day Ginsburg ages.

Reply to  Bryan A
April 17, 2020 1:27 pm

Impeachment is merely a charge, Trump was found not guilty of those charges. Ah.

Donald Trump Goes to War: Shows Media Video of Their Reporting Failures on Coronavirus

Democrats Who Blame Trump Sang a different song a month ago:

David Elstrom
April 17, 2020 10:33 am

So according to Democrats it is an impeachable offense to stop flushing taxpayer dollars down the sewer of a globalist organization that has been caught lying and parroting ChiCom “official” talking points? How many normal Americans do Democrats think are impressed?

Reply to  David Elstrom
April 17, 2020 10:44 am

Yep. A lot.

Most of the folks that are impressed by the Democrats live in places like California, Oregon, Washington, Illinois, New York, Massachusetts and a few others.

April 17, 2020 10:34 am

The only way to stop the subversion coming out of the House is to vote them out of majority. 4 1/2+ more years of these antics will get them, and the people, no where. Trump can handle it though. It must absolutely infuriate the Democrats that they have absolutely no political sway over Trump. Probably gets the Republicans too :-).

Reply to  markl
April 17, 2020 4:24 pm

What really infuriates them is that Trump cannot be bought.

Gordon Dressler
April 17, 2020 10:35 am

The Democrats starting a new impeachment trial of President Trump before this November will be the perfect way for them to hand control of the House of Representatives to the Republicans.

“Stupid is as stupid does.” — Forrest Gump

John Tillman
April 17, 2020 10:37 am


My WuWHOFlu comment has yet to appear. Not that it’s of any great value, but wonder if it’s lost in cyberspace, as a later reply has shown up.

Jeffery P
April 17, 2020 10:39 am

Let them. Another kangaroo court impeachment would wake up a large portion of the public who doesn’t yet understand how much the democratic party hates Americans.

Gary Pearse
April 17, 2020 10:41 am

Looks like Dems are once again boosting Trump’s re-election. Surely there must be many Dem voters that are outraged by the WHO performance on the virus and their collusion with China. Covid will certainly have affected Dem families.

April 17, 2020 10:43 am

It looks to me that they won’t be able to impeach President Trump if he releases the funds on day 45. There may be a way to further the delay of funds to W.H.O. Release them with instructions to send it by mail, $1.00 at a time.

The sum total of the funds are released and on their way. It’s just the receipt of funds that will be spread out. What’s wrong with that? I didn’t see anything specifying when the funds must be received. I did see black and white instructions that they must be released in 45 days.

Meanwhile, at the burn rate of typical WHO expenditure, even a 45 day delay releasing the funds will hurt a bit. It will also take a while, about 1,368,925 years for the allocated amount to reach W.H.O., but ‘who’ cares?

David Hoopman
April 17, 2020 10:43 am

One minor quibble: “incompetent” [WHO] implies innocence.

On the other hand, a 45-day hold on the funds followed by a vote of both houses? Sure. If Pelosi thinks it would be a good idea to take a vote on that, bring it on!

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  David Hoopman
April 17, 2020 10:59 am

The problem there is the 45-day vote is an affirmative vote to allow the impoundment to continue. In the absence of such a vote, the impoundment must terminate. She simply wouldn’t call it to a vote, thus the Executive would have to terminate the impoundment to remain in compliance.

Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
April 17, 2020 5:09 pm

Terminate the impoundment on day 45 and start sending the money at the rate of $1.00 per day. Then declare, “The funds are released and the spigot is open”. Might be a little clog in the spigot, but it meets the requirements.

Joel O'Bryan
April 17, 2020 10:55 am

The one thing you can always count on, like the sun rising everyday, with US Democrats is that never learn from their past political mistakes. Never.

April 17, 2020 10:57 am

The Democrats don’t blame the so called health experts at WHO for the virus spreading but instead blame Trump who has no background in health. Amazing.

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  Stevek
April 17, 2020 11:06 am

According US Democrats, Trump has so much influence around the world, by not acting sooner he caused the massive early epidemics in Italy, Iran, and Spain. He is even so powerful as to have somehow caused the early spread in South Korea. Yes, if they want to Blame Trump for the US epidemic, then they have to blame him for the earlier ones in other countries to remain logically consistent.

But then no one has ever accused US Democrats of being logically consistent in their politcally-motivated accusations.

Paul Penrose
April 17, 2020 11:04 am

The 45 day delay gives the President’s supporters plenty of time to introduce a bill to terminate funding to the WHO, or least suspend it until meaningful reforms are enacted. Get on it!

John Endicott
Reply to  Paul Penrose
April 17, 2020 2:19 pm

Even if the Presidents congressional supporters introduce such a bill, Nancy Pelosi and the Dems in the house would never pass it.

April 17, 2020 11:07 am

“The party also raised the specter of the White House’s decision to withhold congressionally-approved military aid to Ukraine“

Except he never withheld aid. He allegedly thought about it.

Hillary wasn’t charged because Comey’s magic 8-ball indicated she supposedly didn’t intend to break the law when she broke the law. Trump was impeached because he supposedly thought about withholding aid when he didn’t withhold aid.

PS He was acquitted.

April 17, 2020 11:10 am

Please note, the assessed contributions are only a small portion of the $400 million the USA pays. Nacy says it’s illegal to withhold the assessed contributions.

April 17, 2020 11:14 am

After years of “Russia did it”, we are finally getting around to “China did it”.

April 17, 2020 11:18 am

To quote Winston Churchill…’ Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.… ‘

Such is the nature of adversarial democracies, but when the issue is fairly black and white such as this issue with WHO, most rationale people see that they have been ‘purchased’ by China in one way or the other and that their actions (both WHO and China) did major damage to world health and the economy. It is just so glaringly obvious. I think it just cements in the minds of a lot of people that what and how the Democrats operate has turned themselves into a sham, opposing anything and everything that President Trump says or does just doe the sake of opposition. I wouldn’t be surprised to soon see a ‘Democrats for Trump’ movement start to spread, just because the Democrats are clearly off the rails and I think they know it, which explains this bizarre irrational behaviour.

I think history will be much kinder to President Trump, when the actual subject matter is explored, rather than petty adversarial politics that is being advanced by Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats, which is further based upon petty character flaws that most of us have which can be exploited in the public forum of democratic politics. Depending how things unfold the next half year and the election, I think history will regard President Trump as a major transformational President, the likes of Ronald Reagan and maybe even much greater than that. He has clearly put the American citizen first, as was his main promise.

At least no one, even the Democrats, can accuse DJT of not fulfilling, or trying to fulfil the election pledges he did make and is still making. In that regard, he probably has been more truthful as a politician in the big picture of things, than most actual politicians have ever been. Which is why the Democrats are just shooting themselves in the head with this nonsense about not reforming WHO which is obvious to anyone that is paying attention. Director-General Tedros Adhanom must be FIRED, replaced and WHO reformed to be an agency for the good of the world, not to be bribed by China. Then funding might be restored.

J Mac
April 17, 2020 11:20 am

Speaker of the House Pelosi and the socialist democrat majority in the US House of Representatives is once again holding America hostage to their perverted agenda. The Small Business Association loan program, intended to help small businesses across America keep employees on payroll until America ‘reopens’, has run out of loan money. President Trump, most Republicans, and some Democrats want to refund it immediately but Pelosi has refused to recall Representatives to the House to take immediate action on this. Instead, she is pushing for nationwide mail-in voting, ballot harvesting, and other measures designed to corrupt the American election processes and make it easy for illegal aliens and other unqualified people to vote illegally. She intends to get these profoundly corrupt measures included in any bill that refunds the SBA loan program! Pelosi makes the old mafioso Dons look like rank amateurs, when it comes to shaking down American small businesses and all taxpayers with her socialist democrat protection racket.

April 17, 2020 11:20 am

Perhaps your president should have the WHO investigated in the same way that the FBI investigated FIFA?

Reply to  mwhite
April 17, 2020 11:30 am

Coronavirus: How WHO corruption helped it spread

Tom Abbott
Reply to  mwhite
April 17, 2020 4:57 pm

“Perhaps your president should have the WHO investigated”

The U.S. Senate is looking to question WHO Director Tedros. I wonder if he will show up. It would be very interesting if he did.

April 17, 2020 11:28 am

Bring it on….pretty please. Something stupid is needed to fill the void of Sanders and Warren being out of the picture.

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  ResourceGuy
April 17, 2020 11:52 am

Au contraire, I submit for your consideration Senile Joe Biden, a walking-talking, barely functional Gaffe Machine as their presumptive 2020 nominee to face Trump. Stupid doesn’t even begin to adequately explain that selection from their original field of 24 (or was it 26, or 260???).

John Tillman
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
April 17, 2020 12:21 pm

Let alone out of tens of millions of other natural-born Democrats aged 35 and over.

April 17, 2020 11:43 am

WHO is a small fry, this is a second if not a third virus epidemic started in Ch that spread internationally. Comrade X. should be given an ultimatum to dismantle all so called ‘institutes of virology’, or else.

April 17, 2020 12:16 pm

This about sums it up:

Reply to  Robert Kernodle
April 17, 2020 4:45 pm

Pointing out how mainstream science is demonstrably wrong.

Thank you.

Nick Schroeder
April 17, 2020 12:32 pm

Italy, Spain, France and the state of New York together have more CoVid-19 deaths than the entire rest of the world combined.

Italy, Spain, France, the state of New York, Great Britain, Belgium, Iran, Germany and New Jersey together have more Covid-19 confirmed cases than the entire rest of the world combined.

CoVid-19 is not a global problem.
CoVid-19 is not a US national problem.
Covid-19 is a problem for the political, social, medical, financial s**t holes listed above.

The medical and political bone heads who slammed the car door on the world’s economic fingers were stampeded into the precautionary principle by the lying, rabble-rousing, fact free, s**t stirring, fake news MSM propaganda machine and its pretentious talking heads intent on taking out Trump.

Remember that come this November (maybe).

April 17, 2020 1:33 pm

WP (cough)

Impoundment is an act by a President of the United States of not spending money that has been appropriated by the U.S. Congress.

Trump has already said that does not intend to not spend it, he will just circumvent WHO kleptocracy and find more direct routes to where the money needs to be spent.

Sounds like a great idea whether WHO wants to reform or not. Win-win.

R Taylor
April 17, 2020 1:42 pm

Look at the jaw-dropping numbers that just came out of China. I have seen them on Wikipedia. A 20-fold lie. Go Dems Go. Believe what China says about emissions reductions too.

April 17, 2020 2:40 pm

Trump also has a phone and a pen. So eat it dunce-o-craps. The frozen ass kicking rubber boot is on the other foot now.

R Taylor
April 17, 2020 2:50 pm

I apologize if this is off topic, but the numbers at still don’t look right. 82692 deaths is a lot more realistic than the 4000-or-so being reported as recently as this morning, but the decline in daily change seems to rapid and orderly.
The NHC page lined beneath the numbers ( doesn’t have an item that contains the numbers or a reference to them. We don’t seem to have the whole story yet.

April 17, 2020 3:18 pm

The democrats obviously view the population of the US as an expendable and renewable natural resource. Desperate times call for desperate measures and Pelosi and the gang will sacrifice anyone to try and gain some political traction at this point. The more desperate people the better in their book. They will extend this economic shutdown for as long as they possibly can as long as they believe it is to their electoral advantage. In their minds the ruination will only create more people dependent on the government and that is who they target as the bulk of their voting base.

Loren Wilson
April 17, 2020 3:26 pm

Each earlier attempt to impeach Trump failed for lack of evidence. Now they are left with extremely thin gruel. Compare these charges (withholding funding to an incompetent and biased WHO) with some of the actual crimes committed by previous presidents and vice-presidents: cheating on taxes (Agnew, VP), covering up the Watergate break-in (Nixon, Pres.) perjury and suborning perjury (Clinton, Pres.), hiding all her emails on an illegal server (Mrs. Clinton, Sec State, included because this was so egregious, even though she was not president or VP), and Trump for winning. Agnew and Nixon resigned before the House began a formal procedure. Both Clintons were clearly guilty. President Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives but was not convicted in the Senate, which requires a 2/3 vote. H Clinton was never even charged for crimes that put several other people in prison for significant sentences or forced to resign their position, although they committed one or two counts. She committed one count for each e-mail that she moved off the official government network onto her private and unsecure server. They have discovered tens of thousands of emails, some with highly sensitive information. The attack on Trump has nothing to do with innocence or guilt, and everything to do with his election in the first place. It’s the liberal establishment power brokers’ own fault – they supported a candidate that had too much baggage to win. This attempt to impeach him will just push some more people in the middle to vote for him. Sadly, I will have to vote for him – as dumb as he is, he’s better than the other option.

Reply to  Loren Wilson
April 17, 2020 7:20 pm

“Each earlier attempt to impeach Trump failed for lack of evidence.”

Wrong. It failed for lack of charges. Also, lack of a impeachment procedure lawfully started. Pelosi has no power to declare an impeachment. There was no impeachment, and no charges anyway. It’s a sham.

Reply to  Loren Wilson
April 17, 2020 7:22 pm

“Mrs. Clinton, Sec State, included because this was so egregious, even though she was not president or VP”

We know that President Obama sent her emails, on her own private email domain name, so he is complicit.

R Taylor
April 17, 2020 4:05 pm

I apologize if I sounded a false alarm at 1:42 pm. The most likely explanation for the current state of–20_coronavirus_pandemic_in_mainland_China is that an update to the Cases column was spliced into the Deaths column. Cabin fever and fears about what CoViD could do to the vulnerable population elsewhere in China did the rest.

Tom Abbott
April 17, 2020 4:45 pm

From the article: “Reading the Impoundment entry on Wikipedia, it seems likely President Trump can only delay funding for the WHO for 45 days – a longer delay requires approval by both houses.”

Forty-five days is about all Trump needs. What Trump wants is for WHO Director Tedros to resign and the WHO agrees to major reforms.

Trump’s “cutting all the money” is part of the “Art of the Deal”.

I don’t think Trump is the only one unhappy with the WHO. The UK and others have been grumbling. Tedros should go find himself a good job in China. China’s leaders need practiced propagandists and I think Tedros qualifies.

Walter Sobchak
April 17, 2020 7:26 pm

The Impoundment Control Act is a farce. The only remedies are bureaucratic and civil. Failure to comply with the Act is not a “High crime or Misdemeanor”. It is not a crime of any sort at all.

Secondly, the act is unconstitutional, especially when it is applied to the President’s power to conduct foreign relations. Budget authorizations are just that, authorizations. They are not blank checks delivered to third parties. The President will often want to be authorized to give money to foreigners. Bribery of foreigners has been an important part of diplomacy since Classical Antiquity.

But, the BCA cannot possibly be construed to prevent the President from not delivering money to foreigners when the interests of the United States, in the President’s judgment require him to turn off the tap.

Thirdly, I think Nancy has a great idea. Impeach Trump for not sending money to anti-American toadies of the Chinese. She will prove that the previous impeachment was indeed a politicized farce, and she will ensure his landslide re-election.

Reply to  Walter Sobchak
April 17, 2020 10:46 pm

Anyone that doesn’t already know that the first impeachment was a farce is an idiot. IG changing the criteria for a whistleblower from a person with first hand knowledge to one that has nothing but hearsay so the “charges” could be fabricated. So called whistleblower never testifying in public and proven to have coordinated with Adam Schiff’s staff. Schiff with his secret restricted meetings in the basement to plot it. The speaker of the house declaring the start of impeachment proceedings instead of having a vote as required. Not a single witness testifying publicly in the house and then the demand by the Pelosi and the democrats for public testimony by witnesses in the Senate except for the so called whistleblower accuser who’s identity they claimed must be protected at all costs.

Reply to  Walter Sobchak
April 18, 2020 1:28 am

Also, bribery is an essential part of the power of a leader. And it’s 100% legitimate. Bribing bad people is what good leaders do. It was never intended to be an impeachable offense. Or an offense at all.

The intentional misreading of the Constitution at play during the sham impeachment was… impeachable.

April 17, 2020 10:48 pm

Should say not a single witness that saw the crime(s) committed testifying publicly in the house.

Donald Boughton
April 18, 2020 5:21 am

I have this gut feeling that at the next presidential election that the USA electorate are going to leave the Dumbocrats well and truly stuck on the naughty step. This is the view of the childish behaviour of the Democrats from across the pond. When is some one going to take the party of JFK and LBJ by the scruff of its neck and shake some sense into it? The UK has the same problem with the Labour party.

Serge Wright
April 18, 2020 5:23 am

The democrats would get hammered if they tried to impeach Trump for holding the WHO to account. It would be perceived by the public that they were supporting the WHO incompetence that lead to deaths. Trump would have a field day with this

April 18, 2020 6:01 am

Odd correlation.
Nixon repealed the Dollar convertibility of the Bretton-Woods in 1971, by 1973 floating currencies took off, and debt ballooned with the creation of vast volumes of dollars in London and London’s “offshores”, through the eurodollar and petrodollar markets, even as the dollar has been supposed to be the international reserve currency. $5 trillion/day in currency speculation transactions. London again the world’s financial center. Speculative activity emphasized over real economic investment, and further falling living standards, both up to and after the 2007-08 crash.

Restore Bretton-Woods now with China onboard.

Joe Ebeni
April 18, 2020 10:29 am

My view. Perhaps someone who knows more about the legality of appropriations knows better but it does not appear that the Dems have any standing on this one.
The 2020 Appropriations bill H.R. 2839 never mentioned WHO as a Congressionally directed funding target or required contribution. WHO would be typically rolled under the $1.52 B funding for “International Multilateral Organizations.” POTUS has wide latitude to conduct foreign policy and to distribute any supporting funding. Democratic assertions that his action is illegal and impeachable is likely specious.
Another impeachment hoax??

April 18, 2020 4:34 pm

To be quite honest, I think the democrats will have more to worry about than trying for impeachment 2.0 once all this gets out into the public …:

… that is if the lying anti-Trump MSM are game enough to touch it.

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