US President Donald Trump has threatened to halt American funding for the World Health Organization (WHO) for good, giving the agency 30 days to clean up its act while insisting it mishandled the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a scathing letter addressed to WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom on Monday night, Trump took the agency to task for what he said were “inaccurate and misleading” statements about the coronavirus and moving too slowly to address the crisis, while also accusing it of doing China’s bidding along the way.
It is unclear what the agency would have to do for the White House to resume funding, however, as the letter does not specify what kind of reforms the Trump administration would like to see, with the US President himself describing the three-page document as “self-explanatory” on Twitter.
Trump has steadily stepped up attacks on the WHO in recent months, often accusing the organization of being too close to Beijing and for dropping the ball on its response to the pandemic, freezing US funding in April over the same allegations. The WHO has repeatedly denied the administration’s charges.