Trump says he's considering restoring some funding to WHO


U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday his government was considering numerous proposals regarding the World Health Organization, such as one where Washington would cover about 10 percent of its former level.

China's present contribution is $40 million, a sum simply one-tenth of the Trump administration's obligation to the worldwide well being group.

Moreover, the United States is the largest single donor of WHO.

The letter says the U.S. will consider increasing the funding if China does so.

Sky News host Paul Murray says he knows President Donald Trump is an "imperfect figure who can annoy plenty of people", but he's a "disrupter" who is targeting China's new world order.

The Trump administration will "agree to pay up to what China pays in assessed contributions" to the health agency, according to the Fox News.

The White House calls for "a universal review mechanism to publicly report on member state compliance with global health regulations".

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"They gave us a lot of bad advice", he said.

When it declared a global emergency on January 30, there were fewer than 100 cases outside China, and no deaths, he said.

Trump also made various accusations against China in the letter including that it tried to block evidence the virus could be transmitted between people, pressed the World Health Organization not to declare it an emergency, refused to share data and samples and denied access to its scientists and facilities.

In April, Trump announced he was halting funding to the World Health Organization while a review would be conducted.

Earlier this year, Trump was complimentary of China, tweeting on January 24 that Beijing "has been working very hard to contain the coronavirus". The only way forward for the World Health Organization is if it can actually demonstrate independence from China.

Trump has accused China of covering up, while Australia and the European Union have called for more transparency in China's COVID-19 control efforts including an independent inquiry into the origins of the virus. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said this month there was "significant" evidence that it had come from a laboratory in Wuhan, a charge China rejects.