The letter to Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) states that President Trump suspended U.S. contributions to the WHO pending an investigation by the Trump Administration of “the organization’s failed response to the COVID -19 outbreak.” It also says that the administration’s review confirmed many of the serious concerns that were raised last month and identified other concerns that the WHO should have addressed – especially the Word Health Organization’s “alarming lack of independence from the People’s republic of China.”
The letter then lays out what the administration’s review has determined including that the WHO ignored “credible reports of the virus spreading in Wuhan in early December 2019 or even earlier” and that the WHO had failed to independently investigate credible reports that conflicted with the Chinese government’s official accounts.”
The letter also states that the WHO has repeatedly made claims about the coronavirus that were either grossly inaccurate or misleading, including the WHO claim on January 14th that the virus “could not be transmitted between humans.“
Saying that “we do not have time to waste” the President concludes that if the WHO does not “commit to major substantive improvements within the next 30 days, I will make my temporary freeze of United states funding to the World Health Organization permanent and reconsider our membership in the organization. I cannot allow American taxpayer dollars to continue to finance an organization that, in its present state, is so clearly not serving America’s interests.“
The four page letter sent to the WHO is included below.