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Wuhan Virus Watch: Trump Announces U.S. Will Halt Funding to World Health Organization

Wuhan Virus Watch: Trump Announces U.S. Will Halt Funding to World Health Organization

It’s the international equivalent of “You’re fired!”

https://twitter.com/cspan/status/1248019305368862720

Today’s update will start with the highlight from today’s Coronavirus Task Force briefing.

While not nearly as entertaining as the media smack-down in yesterday’s session, it was almost as satisfying in the wake of the deception by the World Health Organization during the early stages of the COVID-19 panic.

Trump has ordered a halt to the agency’s funding and indicates an investigation into the organization.

President Trump announced at the White House coronavirus news briefing in the Rose Garden on Tuesday that the United States will immediately halt all funding for the World Health Organization (WHO), saying it had put “political correctness over lifesaving measures.”

…Trump declared that the United States would undertake a 60-to-90 day investigation into why the “China-centric” WHO had caused “so much death” by “severely mismanaging and covering up” the coronavirus’ spread, including by making the “disastrous” decision to oppose travel restrictions on China.

The United States is the WHO’s largest single donor, and the State Department had previously planned to provide the agency $893 million in the current two-year funding period. Trump said the United States contributes roughly $400 to $500 million per year to WHO, while China offers only about $40 million. The money saved will go to areas that “most need it,” Trump asserted.

During the announcement, Trump repeatedly stressed the connection between the WHO and China.

This action is the international equivalent of “You’re Fired.” The full briefing is below.

China broke the World Health Organization. The U.S. has to fix it or leave and start its own group

An editorial by Lanhee J. Chen (a director of domestic policy studies in the public policy program at Stanford University) in the Wall Street Journal describes how the WHO is complicit in the pandemic.

In the piece, Chen tells how WHO aids and abets China (including the denial of Taiwan’s membership request), concluding:

…The U.S. should work aggressively to change the culture and leadership of the WHO. The Trump administration took a good first step in January by creating a special envoy at the State Department focused on countering China’s attempts to control international organizations. The WHO’s next director-general must not be a rubber stamp for Beijing.

If efforts to transform the WHO are ineffective, the U.S. may have no choice but to walk away and start over. That could mean creating an alternative organization open to any country willing to abide by higher standards of transparency, good governance and the sharing of best practices. The world needs an organization that can be trusted to address public-health problems that transcend borders—if not the WHO, then something else.

N.Y.C. Death Toll Soars Past 10,000 in Revised Virus Count that includes 3,700 “Presumed” Infected.

New York City’s death count is what happens when epidemiology meets the new math.

New York City, already a world epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, sharply increased its death toll by more than 3,700 victims on Tuesday, after officials said they were now including people who had never tested positive for the virus but were presumed to have died of it.

The new figures, released by the city’s Health Department, drove up the number of people killed in New York City to more than 10,000, and appeared to increase the overall United States death count by 17 percent to more than 26,000.

The move received criticism from Americans who demand an accurate assessment of the mortality rate.

California’s Gov. Newsom outlines plan to loosen stay-at-home orders

California Governor Gavin Newsom announced he would soon announce plans to loosen stay-at-home orders.

Newsom did not give a specific date for lifting the state’s stay-at-home orders, but added it could occur in different locations throughout the state at different times. He said that the state should have a timeline prepared in about two weeks.

“There is no light switch here, it is more like a dimmer,” he said, noting that stricter measures could be implemented again if the state begins to see more infections.

As of Tuesday there just under 24,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, with 715 deaths, according to statistics compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University. These numbers are far lower than were predicted even with social distancing put in place.

France urges business to rethink supply chains as coronavirus hits Asia

The US is not the only country rethinking its global network strategy.

The coronavirus epidemic has sent a wake-up call to French manufacturers about their over-dependence on suppliers from China and Asia, France’s finance minister said on Friday, urging a deep re-evaluation of supply chains.

Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said he had ordered a review to determine which French industries needed to rebuild an “economic and strategic independence”.

“This epidemic shows that supply problems create strategic problems in certain industries,” Le Maire told journalists after meeting industry leaders about the impact of the outbreak.

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Comments

The Friendly Grizzly | April 15, 2020 at 9:12 am

For how long?

And, how about the UN?

Good start. Now cut off the rest of the corrupt, anti-American mess.
My prediction : some lipstick on the pig and they get the check.

    irv in reply to lichau. | April 15, 2020 at 10:02 am

    That’s the way it usually works. If the “lipstick” includes ousting the current director (and that doctor – what was his name? – who pretended not to be able to hear the question about Taiwan) it will be a win.

    But it would be better to just disband the whole corrupt mess.

UnCivilServant | April 15, 2020 at 9:24 am

Get a refund for the past two decades.

I think the head of WHO let the Chinese road building activity in his home country of Ethiopia influence his behavior with the Chinese.

We’re talking about future money here. No one mentions that the WHO is already working off FY2020 money provided to them. It’s a two year total, but they’ve already received 2020’s.

The WHO shafted most all of the countries they’re being paid to protect. Like CNN the other day they were simply reading Chinese propaganda releases instead of doing its own research and I only see two options. The WHO can come clean about their recent catastrophic mistakes in both covering for China and misrepresenting the nature and danger of the virus to the world (the former being the more important faith-losing issue), or they can leave the current Director General in place and continue to cover for China. There’s really no other options and we should only reinstate funds under one of the two options.

China and the WHO, intentional or not, threw the global market into an international near-depression….that’s not over yet. China is already covering its tracks and shutting down access to research about the origin of the virus. And we’ve yet to hear plausible answers from the WHO.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to clayusmcret. | April 15, 2020 at 11:01 am

    There are no plausible answers for WHO’s & Chinia’s conduct. They are complicit in causing worldwide death and mayhem.

    Morning Sunshine in reply to clayusmcret. | April 15, 2020 at 8:44 pm

    “We’re talking about future money here. No one mentions that the WHO is already working off FY2020 money provided to them. It’s a two year total, but they’ve already received 2020’s.”

    can you link to proof of that? I am trying to gather information to give to family, and I want sources for my claims

You can’t fix it. Leave!

Unbelievable how much push back there is over Trump cutting off WHO funding. Voters need to be getting in the faces of all the traitors who dare to defend China in all of this. And that’s most of our politicians and just about all of Hollywood. We can just dismiss the MSM. Nobody watches them anymore unless they appear as guests in Trump’s wildly popular press conferences.

2smartforlibs | April 15, 2020 at 11:12 am

Watch the left go insane now. Trump just slaughtered another cash cow.

WHO?
First base!

One small step in the right direction, keep walking and don’t look back. The entire UN is controlled by scum suckers. We are constantly criticized more than anyone besides Israel. Stop taxpayer abuse.

Cut them off completely. Use the money to stockpile PPE, Ventilators, etc.

slightly off track, but I would recommend two movies that really fit, one is 1984 by George Orwell, but other is 12 monkeys the movie not the series, you might be amazed at how prophetic the movie is.

    MajorWood in reply to ronk. | April 15, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    It was 12 Monkeys that convinced me that Pitt wasn’t just a pretty boy. And a good effort by Willis too.

Now lets do the same thing to the rest of the UN, like China on the “human rights” council (is Moe Bone-Saw Man’s country still on?).

Let the Gates, Bezos, Buffett’s and Cook’s, Slims of the world fund if it is that important to them.

healthguyfsu | April 15, 2020 at 2:33 pm

Data transparency should be a priority here. Make it so anyone who wants to put in the work can develop their own independent statistical analysis. This data manipulation breach of ethics should not be allowed to stand.

ufo destroyers | April 15, 2020 at 5:28 pm

And cue the Dims in 3..2..1 to say this is just like the Ukraine money and we have to impeach Orange Man Bad.

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