Covid-19 Fallout: President Trump Moves to Formally Withdraw From the WHO

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

The World Health Organization’s disastrous handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, their alleged excessive deference to China, and their apparent refusal to consider any serious reform, has convinced President Trump they are not fit for purpose.

Trump Administration Formally Notifies U.N. of Withdrawal From World Health Organization

BY MATTHEW LEE / AP JULY 7, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

Guterres, in his capacity as depositary of the 1946 WHO constitution, “is in the process of verifying with the World Health Organization whether all the conditions for such withdrawal are met,” his spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, said.

Under the terms of the withdrawal, the U.S. must meet its financial obligations to the WHO before it can be finalized. The U.S., which is the agency’s largest donor and provides it with more than $400 million per year, currently owes the WHO some $200 million in current and past dues.

The president said in a White House announcement that Chinese officials “ignored” their reporting obligations to the WHO and pressured the organization to mislead the public about an outbreak that has now killed more than 130,000 Americans.

“We have detailed the reforms that it must make and engaged with them directly, but they have refused to act,” Trump said at the time. “Because they have failed to make the requested and greatly needed reforms, we will be today terminating the relationship.”

Read more: https://time.com/5863883/us-withdrawal-world-health-organization-trump/

What really caught my attention is the United Nations response.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ priority appears to be trying to extract a last few hundred million out of the USA.

Instead of accepting the USA’s withdrawal with good grace, and say expressing hope of a future rapprochement, the United Nations is going through the fine print, to see if they can squeeze President Trump and US taxpayers for a bit more cash before the money pipe is closed.

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Ron Long
July 7, 2020 6:09 pm

Withdraw from the WHO today and withdraw from the UN tomorrow. Leave the UN in New York though, because New Yorkers deserve to be tormented. Sounds like the WHO is trying to utilize the Brexit strategy, you can’t leave until we get all of your money.

oeman50
Reply to  Ron Long
July 8, 2020 8:25 am

All Trump has to do is say “No” to any further payments. They have no enforcement mechanism.

Jean Parisot
Reply to  oeman50
July 8, 2020 12:12 pm

When the UN presents a bill, we will ask Congress to consider a supplemental appropriation.

Trebla
Reply to  Ron Long
July 10, 2020 3:53 am

Don’t worry about that. President Trump just declared that he recently took a cognitive test at Walter Reid and he aced it! He said the doctors were surprised! He’ll figure out a way to avoid paying the $200 million.

Derg
July 7, 2020 6:12 pm

Never trust China

TRM
Reply to  Derg
July 8, 2020 6:56 am

Never trust anyone. The old saying (Russian I thing) was “Trust but verify”. Well trust is in short supply these days so lets just go straight to verify.

Hopefully other UN agencies will see this shot across their bow and get their act together. The WHO is neither the only or the worst offender from that bunch.

D. J. Hawkins
Reply to  TRM
July 8, 2020 9:20 am

“Trust but verify” was Ronald Reagan’s line when dealing with the Russians. God, I miss that man.

Bryan A
July 7, 2020 6:13 pm

The WHO doesn’t necessarily have an Excessive Deference toward China but…There’s definitely a Vas Deference between the WHO and China

LdB
Reply to  Bryan A
July 7, 2020 6:31 pm

Sure ask a WHO officer to say the words taiwan even old lefty news like the Guardian reported that
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/30/senior-who-adviser-appears-to-dodge-question-on-taiwans-covid-19-response

Scissor
Reply to  LdB
July 7, 2020 7:17 pm

I think he is the missing snake that should be on the caduceus.

Gary Pearse
Reply to  Bryan A
July 7, 2020 7:32 pm

Bryan, you are amazingly out of touch on this! I won’t elaborate. To big a job. Do a little research on why. We expect Altleft folk to be apoligists for Communist China, but they usually bring a bit more to the table than what you have- a meaningless non sequitur as your tour de force last sentence.

Comon man, this is WUWT, the global award-winning science blog and the most visited climate science blog on the planet.

Vincent Causey
Reply to  Gary Pearse
July 8, 2020 3:36 am

I think you should read it again. Carefully. (not my idea of wit, but each to their own).

Bryan A
Reply to  Vincent Causey
July 8, 2020 7:51 pm

Consider it though…
One is Nuts and the other is screwing the world over

Larry Wirth
July 7, 2020 6:14 pm

Trump should tell them to “go pee up a rope.”

Earthling2
July 7, 2020 6:18 pm

Quit the UN too, and then this mess of despotic globalists will have no more gravy train to ride. The UN and WHO have abandoned their core missions which was to do good for the world. When Saudi Arabia and Venezuela and other despots are running the Human Rights division within the UN, you know this has turned into a cruel joke. On us.

bonbon
July 7, 2020 6:19 pm

Russiagate was a damp squib with the Steele “dodgy dossier”, Russiagate 2 not very bountiful for the swamp, so now Chinagate from Sir Dearlove of Chatham House is to be the US election narrative.
I’m afraid President Trump is at the moment captive.
He is being “gated” again by the British – another Trump admin will not be tolerated by the House of Lords.

We need a World Health System working directly with China, Russia and India. This pandemic makes that clear. And as Wuhan Lab chief noted, the next pandemic is already out there.

Gordon A. Dressler
Reply to  bonbon
July 8, 2020 10:12 pm

“And as Wuhan Lab chief noted, the next pandemic is already out there.”

Well, that individual would be best positioned to make such an assertion.

Old planning engineer
July 7, 2020 6:20 pm

Guterres is simply delaying the US leaving date until after the new president takes office in January. At which point the US will simply ignore Trumps edict and life will continue on as usual. No “re-joining” necessary as they will never have left.

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  Old planning engineer
July 7, 2020 7:21 pm

Analyze your assumptions.

Big Al
Reply to  Old planning engineer
July 8, 2020 12:51 pm

After President Trump’s second term is completed the NY’s UN building will be sold to Mr. Trump for $1.00 non Fed dollar. Will be named Trump’s Victory Tower.

Al Millera
July 7, 2020 6:20 pm

The US owes the WHO?? I would say Trump could set a value for a life and charge back the WHO.

mario lento
Reply to  Al Millera
July 7, 2020 6:56 pm

Exactly

Robert W. Turner
Reply to  Al Millera
July 8, 2020 6:20 am

Indeed. Withhold any money they claim is owed until a full and thorough investigation of the WHO and CCP are done. I’m guessing they would never get their money.

LdB
July 7, 2020 6:29 pm

There is a funny back story to this WHO contributions are voluntary but they forward projected from each countries previous commitment. It easy to see how it work by looking at the notes under each section in there accounts.
https://www.who.int/about/finances-accountability/reports/A71_INF2-en.pdf?ua=1

Now the really interesting part is does the US have a binding agreement (remember the whole Paris Agreement thing with Obama) and the second interesting question is WHO allows refunds you will see it in a couple of the notes 🙂

sycomputing
July 7, 2020 6:36 pm

the United Nations is going through the fine print, to see if they can squeeze President Trump and US taxpayers for a bit more cash before the money pipe is closed.

Thus the foundational principle of Progressivism contradicts its ostensibly egalitarian outward word salad:

“Cash is King baby.”

Editor
July 7, 2020 6:38 pm

MA-Fracking-GA!!!

Wharfplank
July 7, 2020 6:50 pm

Ta ta, Tedros.

mario lento
July 7, 2020 6:55 pm

Let them expend the money to sue the US… and let the world watch about what happens if they donate less money than expected… as they prepare for retaliation from the WHO. Watch people back out and follow US lead. I’m not worried… Since they did not live up to the standards and deliver a product expected of them, they should be sued for damages in a counter suit.

Rud Istvan
July 7, 2020 6:56 pm

President Trump gave WHO a three month warning to reform. They did nothing. So BOOM.

Well deserved. WHO muffed Wuhan virus multiple times. Three provable examples. Internet rather than China original reports. Not human transmissible per China in Jan. Masks not necessary in Feb?
We pay ~$450 million to WHO, China pays ~$40m. Actions have consequences; under PDJT we are no longer the world’s suckers. And, WHO has accomplished next to nothing on polio final eradication, TB, HIV, Ebola.

mario lento
Reply to  Rud Istvan
July 7, 2020 7:01 pm

Amen that! Simply amazing the hubris that is coming from political hacks. They seem to not understand who they need. Lesson from Atlas Shrugged me thinks… Is PDJT John Galt?

nw sage
Reply to  Rud Istvan
July 7, 2020 8:12 pm

I think no one had ever demanded actual performance before. When Trump demanded changes in order to be effective, (a) they didn’t think it was serious because ‘no one has ever done that’, or (b) they had no idea what to do and therefore did nothing.

mike macray
Reply to  nw sage
July 8, 2020 3:19 am

good point nw sage!

Who needs performance when you have entitlement.. Eh?
Cheers
Mike

Gary Pearse
Reply to  Rud Istvan
July 7, 2020 9:07 pm

There was no muffling at all. Tedros is Premier Xi’s man. The entire UN has been an anti-American Organization all along, particularly after the Iron Curtain came down, flooding NGOs, every important institute, every university, children’s education heirarchy, all scientific societies, etc., including the left politicos in every country.

Now a few generations of children grown up into it is taking over. A nation of chess players has patience and it would seem this was the final gambit, letting us think we won the cold war.

icisil
July 7, 2020 7:15 pm

Fire Fauci next. I’m going to be like this guy when that blight and parasite is gone.

July 7, 2020 7:16 pm

The function of the WHO is not to protect Public Health, as you would imagine, but rather to bolster the wealth and income of the Cronies that it has employed over the years, and promote China.

Graemethecat
Reply to  nicholas tesdorf
July 7, 2020 11:59 pm

This is also the real purpose of the European Union.

Big Al
Reply to  Graemethecat
July 8, 2020 1:03 pm

Both tentacles of dead President Bush’s NWO. Putin say NWO worships Satan. He be correct.

MAKAYA
July 7, 2020 7:16 pm

The WHO was instrumental in the smallpox eradication problem. BUt, as someone on the ground in the area, “World Health Blue” was a cover as well for local corruption.

MAKAYA
July 7, 2020 7:18 pm

The WHO was instrumental in the smallpox eradication problem. BUt, as someone on the ground in the area, “World Health Blue” was a cover as well for local corruption.

MAKAYA

Warren
July 7, 2020 7:37 pm

In the real World the response would be:
No to your request for UDS200-million.
And here’s a bill from the USA citizens for USD200-billion for damages caused by your negligence.
But we all know the morons who work for Trump; well it wouldn’t enter their vacant public-service heads.
As for the average Republican politician it wouldn’t be within their cognitive capacity to think such a thing.

Ghalfrunt.
July 7, 2020 7:39 pm

No problem USA Your POTUS says you are in a good place and he is always truthful
Trump::Jan 24 China has been working very hard to contain the Coronavirus. The United States greatly appreciates their efforts and transparency. It will all work out well. In particular, on behalf of the American People, I want to thank President Xi!
Trump::Feb. 10: “I think the virus is going to be — it’s going to be fine.
Trump::Feb. 14: “We have a very small number of people in the country, right now, with it. It’s like around 12. Many of them are getting better. Some are fully recovered already. So we’re in very good shape.”
Trump::Feb. 19: “I think it’s going to work out fine. I think when we get into April, in the warmer weather, that has a very negative effect on that and that type of a virus. So let’s see what happens, but I think it’s going to work out fine.”
Trump::Feb. 24 (tweet): “The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA. … Stock Market starting to look very good to me!”
Trump::Feb. 25: “You may ask about the coronavirus, which is very well under control in our country. We have very few people with it, and the people that have it are … getting better. They’re all getting better. … As far as what we’re doing with the new virus, I think that we’re doing a great job.”
Feb. 25: “Now they have it, they have studied it, they know very much, in fact, we’re very close to a vaccine,”
Trump::Feb. 26: “Because of all we’ve done, the risk to the American people remains very low. … When you have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero. That’s a pretty good job we’ve done.”
Trump::Feb. 28: “I think it’s really going well. … We’re prepared for the worst, but we think we’re going to be very fortunate.” “It’s going to disappear. One day, it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.”
Trump::March 4: “Some people will have this at a very light level and won’t even go to a doctor or hospital, and they’ll get better. There are many people like that.” Now, this is just my hunch, but based on a lot of conversations with a lot of people that do this, because a lot of people will have this and it is very mild… So if, you know, we have thousands or hundreds of thousands of people that get better, just by, you know, sitting around and even going to work, some of them go to work, but they get better and then, when you do have a death like you had in the state of Washington, like you had one in California, I believe you had one in New York, you know, all of a sudden it seems like 3 or 4 percent, which is a very high number, as opposed to a fraction of 1 percent.
Trump::March 10: “And it hit the world. And we’re prepared, and we’re doing a great job with it. And it will go away. Just stay calm. It will go away.”
Trump::March 24: “We’re going to be opening relatively soon… I would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter.” He added in a subsequent interview: “Easter is a very special day for me… and you’ll have packed churches all over our country.”

58699 extra cases today

Yes the POTUS has a good handle on the disease and is right to tell the WHO they are irrelevant!

Gary Pearse
Reply to  Ghalfrunt.
July 7, 2020 9:31 pm

Ghalfrunt: So what leader in all these matters do you look up to? I’m sure you know there hasn’t been any talent or leadership in European affairs. Maybe point to one name that can show Trump the way?

Macron, Merkel, Brussels, your precious UN and the whole hopeless lot will all be small postscripts in a big history. I dare say everyone in the world will know who Trump is East or West.

Adrian Mann
Reply to  Gary Pearse
July 8, 2020 10:37 am

195 days left for One-Term-Trump. Can’t be over soon enough. A sock puppet would be a better option.

paul courtney
Reply to  Adrian Mann
July 8, 2020 11:47 am

Adrian: Very skilled prediction. I’d like to build a data base on your predictive power. Who did you predict in 2016?
My prediction is that you and Joe Biden will be taking long walks in the woods in 196 days. Bring lots of kleenex!

Big Al
Reply to  paul courtney
July 8, 2020 1:20 pm

Paul, GITMO no have visitor policy. I believe no family allowed for execution’s. High price for treason. Military Intelligence no fool around. Hell bound in about two weeks after guilty verdict . The only question is who go First. And who be in batter’s box. tick tock for Joe and Barry’s den of NWO stooges’s. Highway to HELL going be crowded .

Scissor
Reply to  paul courtney
July 8, 2020 1:29 pm

Make Them Cry Again

AlberaFarmer
Reply to  Adrian Mann
July 8, 2020 1:37 pm

As a Canadian, I can refute that statement. We have a literal Sock puppet for a leader. It isn’t going well…

Carlo, Monte
Reply to  Adrian Mann
July 8, 2020 3:25 pm

You’re voting for the senile robot Biden?

Thomas Englert
Reply to  Ghalfrunt.
July 7, 2020 9:44 pm

You forgot
Trump Jan 31. All travel from China suspended.
Feb 1. Dems cry racism.

Simon
Reply to  Thomas Englert
July 7, 2020 10:51 pm

Thomas Englert
“Trump Jan 31. All travel from China suspended.”
Even a broken clock is right twice a day. And let’s be honest, he was one of many who made the decision at the time so it’s not like it was an original idea. And he lied to the American people on so many fronts at the time. Read Ghalfrunt’s post. All word for word quotes.

Derg
Reply to  Simon
July 8, 2020 2:49 am

Simon is still miffed every time the ban is brought up…destroyed his narrative. Orangeman bad indeed.

MarkW
Reply to  Simon
July 8, 2020 9:31 am

The big point is that the same leftists who were calling Trump a racist back in January, are now criticizing him for not doing enough in January.

All true, and when viewed in context, totally irrelevant.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Simon
July 8, 2020 9:36 am

“And let’s be honest”

That’s funny. When are you going to start?

Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  Simon
July 8, 2020 11:23 am

“Honest” should not mean “agree with me”.
How do people even talk anymore, when civility is not even a afterthought?
I agree with the same people on this issue who demeaned and insulted me yesterday and the day before on others.

John Endicott
Reply to  Simon
July 9, 2020 8:57 am

And let’s be honest

That would be a first for you. When do you plan on starting?

John Endicott
Reply to  Thomas Englert
July 8, 2020 6:21 am

Also forgot
Feb 24: Nancy Pelosi says “Everything is fine here” and encourages people to “come join us” in a big gathering in Chinatown.

MarkW
Reply to  John Endicott
July 8, 2020 9:32 am

That’s different. Nancy is part of the team, so she’s allowed to do or say anything without consequences.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  John Endicott
July 8, 2020 9:41 am

Ghalfrunt ought to do a timeline of all the statements made by all the politicians involved at the time of the outbreak of the Wuhan virus. He doesn’t do so because Trump would come out smelling like a Rose, if he did.

Let’s have a comparison of what Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Shumer and numerous other Democrat politicians and the WHO and China said on any given day, as compared to what Trump said.

Adrian Mann
Reply to  Tom Abbott
July 8, 2020 10:40 am

Trump would come out smelling like something… but more bovine than floral. And that would be entirely normal, because he’s One-Term-Trump and it’s what he’s made of.

195 days and counting…

2hotel9
Reply to  Adrian Mann
July 9, 2020 6:35 am

194 till Re-Election Day. Your tears and screeching will be glorious to behold.

paul courtney
Reply to  Tom Abbott
July 8, 2020 11:53 am

As seen above, I can count to 196. Ever heard the expression, “he who smelt it dealt it”?
Sorry, ya gotta go low in climate communications.

Ghalfrunt.
Reply to  Thomas Englert
July 8, 2020 2:07 pm

Thomas Englert July 7, 2020 at 9:44 pm
You forgot Trump Jan 31. All travel from China suspended.
——————–
The virus was loose everywhere.
12 January 2020 China shares the genetic sequence of the novel coronavirus, which will be very important for other countries as they develop specific diagnostic kits. First case of novel coronavirus outside of China confirmed.
January 21st 2020 The first confirmed case of the virus in the US in Washington State, where a man in his 30s developed symptoms after returning from a trip to Wuhan.
the virus in USA!!!!!!
Trump:: Jan 27 We are in very close communication with China concerning the virus. Very few cases reported in USA, but strongly on watch. We have offered China and President Xi any help that is necessary. Our experts are extraordinary!
January 29th 2020 The UK’s first two patients test positive for Coronavirus after two Chinese nationals from the same family staying at a hotel in York fall ill.
January 30th 2020 WHO declares a global health emergency amid thousands of new cases in China

Now was the time for lockdown – lack of action outside china is just madness! Trump and Boris are pathetic leaders! no amount restricting flights will work it is on the loose.

Trump::jan 30 Working closely with China and others on Coronavirus outbreak. Only 5 people in U.S., all in good recovery.

Only China/S.Korea etc seemed to react correctly.

fred250
Reply to  Ghalfrunt.
July 7, 2020 10:35 pm

“when you do have a death like you had in the state of Washington, like you had one in California, I believe you had one in New York,”

yep, all democrat run states.

Governors sending Covid patients to Nursing homes, killing off all the occupants.

Extra cases because of ramped up testing in those Democrat states….

Do you have a rational point to make or will you keep peeing into a howling gale !

sycomputing
Reply to  Ghalfrunt.
July 7, 2020 10:50 pm

Ghalfrunt:

How much time out of your life so far have you spent tracking Donald J. Trump and his various activities?

Looks substantive.

Do you believe that all that time he’s spent living in your head rent-free, without him even having the slightest clue of who you are or that you even exist on this earth is going to afford you some advancement in your life’s journey?

Not to suggest some psychosomatic issue here. I’m just curious if you’ve thought about it.

Derg
Reply to  Ghalfrunt.
July 8, 2020 2:51 am

Ghalfrunt is telling people to drink bleach?

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Derg
July 8, 2020 9:43 am

Is that question mark a typo? It should be a period, shouldn’t it?

Ghalfrunt.
Reply to  Derg
July 8, 2020 2:16 pm

derg you really are a dumb card!

Derg
Reply to  Ghalfrunt.
July 8, 2020 3:39 pm

Omg that is funny coming from a dishonest person. You should be ashamed.

Wayne
Reply to  Ghalfrunt.
July 8, 2020 5:15 am

More testing, more identification of cases. But note, deaths dropping rapidly. How many of those id’ed now had even bothersome symptoms. To count the numbers of cases identified as the main measure of the disease is rather shallow. It is deaths that should be the measure, and that is falling. We need to get back to living while taking what measures we can to recover out economy.

Ghalfrunt.
Reply to  Wayne
July 8, 2020 2:19 pm

Deaths not rising because those getting the virus ar the youth who may show few symptoms.

Also how long does it take one to die after first contracting the virus.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Ghalfrunt.
July 9, 2020 5:12 am

“Also how long does it take one to die after first contracting the virus.”

About six weeks. One person hung on for about 95 days before he died.

The Wuhan virus is not kind to those who are susceptible to it.

And we still don’t know the long-term health effects of having the Wuhan virus in the body for weeks or months. You may recover from the initial infection only to find that it has caused damage to the system that is still an issue long after the infection is gone.

Robert W. Turner
Reply to  Ghalfrunt.
July 8, 2020 6:27 am

I’d say we have a good handle on the virus. If your head is up your arse where they broadcast propaganda news non stop then you might think we need to run for the caves, but the evidence is quite clear that this virus is not nearly as lethal as the WHO and certain medical academics pretended.

tsk tsk
Reply to  Ghalfrunt.
July 8, 2020 7:27 am

Jan 24: The de Blasio administration is prepared for the likelihood of the novel coronavirus in New York City,” Dr. Raul Perea-Henze, the city’s deputy mayor for health and human services, said on January 24. “We urge all New Yorkers to continue to pursue their everyday activities and routines, but to remain aware of the facts about coronavirus. Those with a travel history should see a doctor at the first sign of any flu-like symptoms.”

Jan 26: On January 26, New York City’s health commissioner, Dr. Oxiris Barbot, warned, “It’s inevitable that we will have someone who is positive with coronavirus.” She also said, “We are encouraging New Yorkers to go about their everyday lives and suggest practicing everyday precautions that we do through the flu season.” She added that those “who had recently traveled from Wuhan were not being urged to self-quarantine or avoid large public gatherings.”

Feb 2: Mayor de Blasio said in a press availability that day, “People should be very clear about what this disease is and what it isn’t, and New Yorkers, I always say, are not intimidated easily. New Yorkers should go about our lives, continue doing what we do. . . .

versus

Feb 2: Also on this day, the federal government took more steps to restrict those who were entering the country from the area around Wuhan, China: “[The new policy] bars foreign nationals who have been in mainland China in the past 14 days from entering the United States. American citizens who have been to Hubei province — Wuhan is the capital city of Hubei — will be taken into mandatory quarantine upon entry into the United States, or directly to a hospital if they are found to be ‘symptomatic,’” said Rick Cotton, the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates Kennedy International, La Guardia, and Newark Liberty International airports.

Meanwhile the states with the highest per capita death rates are all deep blue:
New Jersey 1728
New York 1660
Connecticut 1217
Massachusetts 1192

Apparently some broken clocks are never right.

MarkW
Reply to  Ghalfrunt.
July 8, 2020 9:29 am

There it goes again.
In ghoulfont’s world, changing your position when the data changes is proof that you are a liar.

This has been pointed out to it many times, but facts don’t matter when you have an ideology to push.

Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  Ghalfrunt.
July 8, 2020 11:27 am

Ghalfrunt,
The US is a small fraction of the world population.
We are demeaned and disparaged and taken advantage of, and then asked by the people doing those things to fund their organizations.
You should know that I am doing my best to keep politics where it belongs.
This is political.
Trump speaks for many people in this country.

Why should we pay for people or organizations that act against our interests?

William Astley
July 7, 2020 8:07 pm

The US is withdrawing from WHO because the WHO helped/enabled China…

Launch a very, very effective virus attack, of a very novel virus which is very, very difficult to contain and which is very deadly..

….on the US …. and strangely it appears China does not seem to have any more virus problems.

Oddly there is now suddenly a number of Fake lying studies about HCQ/AZ plus zinc.

One reason why the US is not recovering … Is China is launching a new internal attack on the US every 10 hours.

See BBC quote, of FBI FBI Director Christopher Wray

Every 10 hours, China is initiating a new ‘plan’ to attack something in the US to change ‘it’ for China’s benefit.

Each one of this new ‘plans’ are like acts of war. China is escalating.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-53329755

“We’ve now reached a point where the FBI is now opening a new China-related counterintelligence case every 10 hours,” Mr Wray said. “Of the nearly 5,000 active counterintelligence cases currently underway across the country, almost half are related to China.”

The FBI director said that Chinese President Xi Jinping had spearheaded a programme called “Fox Hunt”, geared at Chinese nationals living abroad seen as threats to the Chinese government.
“We’re talking about political rivals, dissidents, and critics seeking to expose China’s extensive human rights violations,” he said. “The Chinese government wants to force them to return to China, and China’s tactics to accomplish that are shocking.”

He continued: “When it couldn’t locate one Fox Hunt target, the Chinese government sent an emissary to visit the target’s family here in the United States. The message they said to pass on? The target had two options: return to China promptly, or commit suicide.”

bonbon
Reply to  William Astley
July 8, 2020 2:30 am

The good Mr. Wray at the Hudson Inst. said “So, when you hear “China-friendly speech,” run, don’t walk, to your local FBI office.”

This is the same Wray of British Russiagate fame. This is the same FBI of Comey et al.

So will you report me to Mr. Wary, personally for dissenting on the insane anti-China new McCarthyism?

Will WUWT snitch for the FBI?

The rest of Wray’s speech at the Hudson Inst. is
https://www.hudson.org/events/1836-video-event-china-s-attempt-to-influence-u-s-institutions-a-conversation-with-fbi-director-christopher-wray72020

You have your marching orders, squire.

William Astley
Reply to  bonbon
July 8, 2020 8:36 am

Come on, Mr. BonBon,

Are you so naïve?

The Chinese Communist Party … Has been stealing US secrets for a long time. They also have been buying influence in US universities.

The Chinese Communist Party stole the US rare earth manufacturing secrets. They bought the US rare processing company (Under the Clinton Administration) and then moved both rare processing equipment and key rare earth staff to China…

…. And then later fired the key rare earth people when they had all of their knowledge.

As we all know China has now have a world monopoly on rare earth elements which they use to dominate production of equipment that requires rare earth elements

https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2020/05/21/multiple-universities-refuse-to-cooperate-with-federal-investigations-into-ties-to-china/

Multiple Universities Refuse to Cooperate with Federal Investigations into Ties to China

“uses a diverse range of sophisticated techniques — everything from cyber intrusions to corrupting trusted insiders,” and even “outright physical theft.”

Wray said that the Chinese Communist Party “uses a diverse range of sophisticated techniques — everything from cyber intrusions to corrupting trusted insiders,” and even “outright physical theft.” To do this, he claimed, they use “a wide range of actors — including not just Chinese intelligence services, but state-owned enterprises, ostensibly private companies, certain kinds of graduate students and researchers, and a whole variety of other actors working on their behalf.”
The director said that, in some cases, China uses social media platforms used by Americans “to identify people with access to our government’s sensitive information and then target those people to try to steal it.”

In one instance, he recalled, a Chinese operative posed as a headhunter, offering money to an American citizen in exchange for “consulting services” that related to sensitive data. In that particular case, the American reported the suspicious behavior to the FBI.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/fbi-director-wray-says-half-of-bureaus-5000-counterintelligence-cases-are-related-to-china

Tom Abbott
Reply to  William Astley
July 8, 2020 9:49 am

The Chinese Communists are one big Criminal Enterprise. Like the Mafia, only larger and more powerful, and bent on world domination.

Trump has moved two aircraft carrier task forces to the South China sea.

markl
July 7, 2020 8:28 pm

Human Rights Council, the WHO, then hopefully the UN. It’s about time the USA decides the only reason to be in the UN is to support it. They almost universally oppose the USA on every matter. We thought we caught the subterfuge when clearing out the League of Nations but all the players did was go stealth and regroup in the UN and in the process made the West pay for their deceit. Everyone is too chicken shot to say so because they don’t want to be left out of any decisions, like they have a say in them. The UN is Marxist to the core.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  markl
July 8, 2020 9:53 am

“The UN is Marxist to the core.”

No doubt about it.

The UN has positioned itself as an enemy of the United States, and an enemy of Humanity itself, with their promotion of the Human-caused Climate Change fraud.

Not Chicken Little
July 7, 2020 8:39 pm

This President is the best elected politician in my lifetime, going back to Truman. And a lot of it is because he isn’t a politician, if you know what I mean…

We’ve been carrying the whole world on our shoulders for too long. I echo the sentiment of former Senator Phil Graham, although he meant it in another context when he said “It’s time for the people riding in the wagon to get out and help us pull”.

bonbon
Reply to  Not Chicken Little
July 8, 2020 2:35 am

Truman was not elected, and nuclear bombed Japan only after FDR, a four termer and real politician died.
Trump mentions the American System, Reconstruction, Glass-Steagall, a New Deal, all FDR initiatives.

He, captive of the swamp at the moment, should break out and do a New Bretton Woods.

That would show the world the US of FDR is free.

Juan Slayton
Reply to  bonbon
July 8, 2020 6:26 am

Truman was not elected…

?? Then why did we all get out of school so we could go hear him give a campaign speech from the back of a train? (Boise, 1948) Well, a lot of people expected Dewey to win. Three major polls, including Gallup, so predicted. Bt if you haven’t heard, I’ve got some news for you….
: > )

https://www.trumanlibraryinstitute.org/dewey-defeats-truman/

John Endicott
Reply to  bonbon
July 8, 2020 8:51 am

Truman was not elected,

Um, hate to break it to you but, contrary to the (in)famous headline, Dewey did not beat Truman. Truman won that election, so yes Truman was elected (after he finished FDR’s term).

John Endicott
Reply to  bonbon
July 8, 2020 8:59 am

Trump mentions the American System, Reconstruction, … all FDR initiatives.

Um, again, I hate to break it to you (actually, no I don’t) but:

1) The American System was an economic plan that played an important role in American policy during the first half of the 19th century. (that’s the early 1800s to you, decades before FDR was worn) It was advanced by the Whig Party and a number of leading politicians including Henry Clay and John Quincy Adams.

2) the Reconstruction era was the period in American history that lasted from 1863 to 1877 following the American Civil War (1861–65), FDR was born January 30, 1882, about two decades after the start of reconstruction and 5 years after it ended.

Simon
July 7, 2020 10:55 pm

Not Chicken Little
“We’ve been carrying the whole world on our shoulders for too long.”
Which is an irony because Europe don’t want American citizens in their countries till the US gets the virus under control. Funny old world.

sycomputing
Reply to  Simon
July 7, 2020 11:15 pm

Which is an irony because Europe don’t want American citizens in their countries . . .

Yeah you talk a good game until you need money or military muscle don’t you there budrow?

Look at you . . . you’re a BIG boy talkin’ all that smack about your daddy aren’t ya?

🙂

mikewaite
Reply to  Simon
July 8, 2020 2:32 am

So why did they scream and blubber so much when Trump declared that he was reducing the military presence in Germany . You would think that they would be high- fiving .

Tom Abbott
Reply to  mikewaite
July 8, 2020 10:01 am

“So why did they scream and blubber so much when Trump declared that he was reducing the military presence in Germany”

Now Germany will have to pay more for their own defense to makeup for the American troops. And American troops spend a lot of money in Germany. That’s why the Germans are whining.

I hear Trump may move those American troops from Germany to Poland instead of bringing them home. Poland is paid up on its dues to NATO and Poland is more on the “front line” than is Germany now.

Germany won’t pay their dues. I guess they don’t have enough money after blowing so much on windmills.

It’s just like the WHO: Trump says things need to change. No change comes from the WHO or Germany. So Trump makes changes. You brought it upon yourselves, people. You ought to listen when Trump lays down a marker.

mario lento
Reply to  Tom Abbott
July 8, 2020 10:27 am

And Germany is working with Russia to invest in their energy pipeline… so we pay to give them security and they save that money to pour into Russia gas… which they say not in my back yard due to climate change… or some drivel

tsk tsk
Reply to  Simon
July 8, 2020 7:19 am

Feeling’s mutual.

MarkW
Reply to  Simon
July 8, 2020 9:38 am

Total non-sequitor.
However I do realize that you’ve got so little work with that it makes you look desperate most of the time.

Regardless, compared to many European countries, the US is doing a good job.
(I’m willing to bet that Simon will be stupid enough to bring up absolute numbers of cases.)

mario lento
Reply to  MarkW
July 8, 2020 9:45 am

Agreed: Imagine if the MSM, and the LEFT were cooperative… instead of doing whatever they can to to thwart everything right or wrong just because.

tom0mason
Reply to  Simon
July 8, 2020 5:43 pm

Simon,
Stop pretending you speak for all Europeans ‘cos you don’t. Yes we want and need the USA especially with Trump in charge. And US citizen are very welcome!
Hopefully more nations will see that post BREXIT UK have a better life, with less restrictive practices imposed on them from the the despotic European Commission, with it’s an indirectly elected President and all their bureaucratic turds and toe-rags.
With luck the French, Greek, Belgium, Italian and many other independent parties will get into office and take back their county’s sovereignty and leave the EU prison. Leave the EU and trade with the US!

If only a Trump-like LEADER could be found in Europe. A leader with the courage and honesty to LEAD them out of the sh|thole they’re in!

sycomputing
Reply to  tom0mason
July 8, 2020 5:46 pm

And US citizen are very welcome!

Thank you, Tom. It’s nice to be appreciated.

mario lento
Reply to  sycomputing
July 8, 2020 9:47 pm

I second that. Thank you tom0mason! Freedom is worth the risk of attacks from cancel culture.

Mickey Reno
July 8, 2020 12:31 am

YAY! Now get us out of the UNFCCC, and then, out of the UN altogether…. and then get the UN out of New York City, out of the USA. Of course the working girls in Manhattan would be hurt by this, but we can come up with some retraining programs and welfare assistance for them.

clarky of oz
July 8, 2020 2:25 am

UN – United Nations.

Rewrite to:

UN – Ununited Nations

mike macray
July 8, 2020 3:21 am

good point nw sage!

Who needs performance when you have entitlement.. Eh?
Cheers
Mike

2hotel9
July 8, 2020 4:59 am

This should have been done long ago. Now, kick UN the f**k out of America.

beng135
Reply to  2hotel9
July 8, 2020 6:32 am

Exactly. Battle cry — “Yesterday the IPCC, now the WHO, tomorrow the UN!”

PaulH
July 8, 2020 5:35 am

The democratic nations should all withdraw from the WHO and form their own health monitoring group. Let the dictatorships workout things for themselves.

wadelightly
July 8, 2020 5:46 am

Probably long overdue. Sometimes we have to be willing to change if we expect things to get better.

ResourceGuy
July 8, 2020 6:27 am

WHO knew.

July 8, 2020 7:29 am

“Trump Administration Formally Notifies U.N. of Withdrawal From World Health Organization”

Brilliant!

https://tambonthongchai.com/2020/03/18/the-eco-crisis-ambition-of-the-un/

MarkW
July 8, 2020 7:38 am

Slightly off topic:

Students willing to give up free speech if it makes others “more comfortable”.

https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=15219

Andy Pattullo
July 8, 2020 9:02 am

If there is something resembling a contractual agreement that says how much the US owes WHO then there must be some details about what WHO owes the US and other members. Something about honest, objective efforts to promote the health and wellbeing of all world citizens above any political or personal agendas perhaps? So WHO owes who? And WHO first broke the contract?

Steve Keppel-Jones
Reply to  Andy Pattullo
July 9, 2020 6:35 am

That’s what I’m telling you! 🙂

July 8, 2020 9:52 am

This is really rich. If I were a member of a club and owed substantial money in past dues, how would the club react?

If you guessed “kick you out” you’d be correct.

But the WHO, in its infinite wisdom, is telling us we CAN’T QUIT because we haven’t paid our dues. The Bizzaro world in which bureaucrats live…

WHO: “But you still owe us $200 million.

Trump: “Come and take it”

mario lento
Reply to  Sailorcurt
July 8, 2020 9:55 am

Sounds more like a gang, or the mafia… “you’re with us or against us”

richard
July 8, 2020 9:53 am

ho hum-

“A high-profile European pathologist is reporting that he and his colleagues across Europe have not found any evidence of any deaths from the novel coronavirus on that continent.
Dr. Stoian Alexov called the World Health Organization (WHO) a “criminal medical organization” for creating worldwide fear and chaos without providing objectively verifiable proof of a pandemic.
Another stunning revelation from Bulgarian Pathology Association (BPA) president Dr. Alexov is that he believes it’s currently “impossible” to create a vaccine against the virus.
He also revealed that European pathologists haven’t identified any antibodies that are specific for SARS-CoV-2”

Tom Abbott
July 8, 2020 10:12 am

Joe “China” Biden just said if he is elected the United States will rejoin the WHO.

Brandon
July 8, 2020 4:21 pm

Right idea, but not enough. We need to withdraw from the UN entirely and tell them go pound sand. Let them relocate their HQ to whatever awful corner of the Earth they wish to occupy.

Roger Welsh
July 10, 2020 11:28 am

No one has mentioned bill gates control of WHO!

A little more research is required by the media – unless they are caught up in the Gats money web!

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