The US President Donald Trump has continued his attack on the World Health Organization (WHO) after they slammed his decision to close borders with China.
After halting tens of millions of funding to the WHO he has accused them of making a “horrible, tragic mistake” after nations placed “their trust” in their early advice over coronavirus.
The US President said that WHO had “failed in its basic duty and it must be held accountable” for their handling over the pandemic.
During Wednesday’s White House briefing, Trump said, “Tragically, other nations put their trust in the WHO and they didn’t do any form of ban.
“You see what happened to Italy, you see what happened to Spain, you see what happened in France.”
Trump added, “I’m sure they [WHO] didn’t know the gravity of it, but perhaps they knew.”
A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said they are “seriously concerned” about the US decision.
They told reporters, “As the most authoritative and professional international institution in the field of global public health security, the WHO plays an irreplaceable role in responding to the global public health crisis.”
Trump told reporters on Wednesday, the US is now “past the peak” of coronavirus and he is now preparing a way to “reopen” the country.
Trump called the latest data “encouraging,” saying they have “put us in a very strong position to finalise guidelines for states on reopening the country.”
It will ultimately be the decision of governors.
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