President Donald Trump wrote this week a letter to the World Health Organization (WHO) chief Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus criticizing the U.N. agency and his leadership during the coronavirus pandemic, specifically its work with China, where the outbreak first emerged.The letter laid out the Trump administration’s case against the WHO for how it handled the pandemic and its soft stance on China, which is accused of covering up the emergence of a new coronavirus in the early days of the outbreak, allowing it to spread rapidly across the world.Trump has increased his criticism of the WHO in recent weeks as he came under attack for his own government’s response to the coronavirus emergency. Now, he has suspended U.S. funding of the WHO “pending an investigation” by his administration of the agency’s response to COVID-19, the disease caused by the new strain of coronavirus.To date, more than 4.9 million confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported worldwide, according to a tracker compiled at Johns Hopkins University, resulting in over 323,653 deaths. At 1,528,661 confirmed cases and nearly 92,000 deaths, the U.S. is currently the global epicenter of the pandemic.Here, Newsweek presents Trump’s letter to the WHO in full, along with annotations to… Read full this story
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