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The US is considering re-financing the WHO: "We would pay 10% of what we have been contributing

United States President Donald Trump speaks to journalists as he heads to the Camp David, Maryland, presidential retreat from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, United States, on May 15, 2020. REUTERS / Kevin Lamarque
United States President Donald Trump speaks to journalists as he heads to the Camp David, Maryland, presidential retreat from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, United States, on May 15, 2020. REUTERS / Kevin Lamarque

US President Donald Trump said Saturday that he is considering taking part of the funding back to the World Health Organization (WHO), after freezing contributions to the body in April. "This is one of the numerous concepts being considered under which we would pay 10% of what we have been paying for many years, putting ourselves at the level of much lower payments in China," Trump said on his Twitter account. “I have not yet made a final decision. All funds are frozen, ”added the president from the Camp David (Maryland) presidential residence, outside Washington, where he spends the weekend.

The United States, the largest taxpayer to date, contributes between 400 and 500 million dollars annually to the WHO, between obligatory and voluntary contributions.

Later, also on his Twitter account, the president questioned the amount China contributes to the organization. "Why is China, for decades, and with a population much larger than ours, paying a tiny fraction of dollars to the World Health Organization, the United Nations, and, worse, the World Trade Organization , where they are considered a "developing country" and therefore given massive advantages over the United States, and everyone else? " And he added: “Before the plague came from China, our economy was taking over the world, the best of all countries. We will be there again, and soon! ”

Relations between Washington and the WHO have deteriorated during the crisis after Trump consistently accused the agency of being on China's side., "Side by side" with Xi Jinping to cover up the outbreak. The US president claims to have enough evidence to prove that the Xi Jinping regime deceived the world community.

In April, the US government alleged that the WHO was becoming a "Chinese propaganda" tool, and the president decided to stop funding the organization. Days ago, the Republican upheld his accusations during a virtual meeting with the Americans issued by Fox News. "The World Health Organization has been a disaster, everything they said was wrong and they are focused on China," he said.

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In this file photo, Tedros Adhanom, director-general of the World Health Organization, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi jinping before a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on January 28, 2020 (Reuters )
In this file photo, Tedros Adhanom, director-general of the World Health Organization, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi jinping before a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on January 28, 2020 (Reuters )

In fact, A Department of Homeland Security report accuses China of "intentionally hiding the severity" of the pandemic in early January and hoarding medical supplies. The four-page document, dated May 1 and obtained by the agency Associated Press, notes that China downplayed the virus publicly, but increased imports and decreased exports of medical supplies.

The American Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, also pointed days ago against Beijing for the origin of the new coronavirus. "There is a tremendous amount of evidence that it started at the Wuhan Laboratory," accused. For the Trump official, China "did everything possible to ensure that the world did not find out in time" about COVID-19. "It was a classic communist disinformation effort," he said. Pompeo also denounced that "the Chinese Communist Party continues to block access to its laboratories to the western world, to the best scientists in the world, to find out what exactly happened." "We have to go in there. We still do not have the virus samples that We need China created a huge risk. President Trump was very clear, we are going to hold those responsible to account, and we will do it when we decide, "he promised.

Last week, a German intelligence report revealed that Xi Jinping personally asked the WHO director to hide information about the coronavirus. The investigation by the Federal Intelligence Service spread the existence of a conversation between the Chinese president and Tedros Adhanom on January 21 last.

And two weeks ago, in addition, he met an investigation by five western intelligence agencies reveals China's lies about the coronavirus. The Five Eyes alliance made up of the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand and Australia ensures that Beijing withheld information, "disappeared" the complainants and refused to help other countries to prepare a vaccine. The 15-page document, obtained by The Saturday Telegraph from Australia and reproduced by The Daily Mail British, detailed the keys to Chinese negligence. He claims that the government covered up the news of the virus by silencing or "disappearing" the doctors who spoke, destroying evidence of the virus in laboratories and refusing to provide live samples to international scientists who were working on a vaccine.

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His complaints include the "deadly denial of transmission between human beings", the silencing or "disappearance" of the doctors and scientists who spoke, the destruction of evidence of the virus from the laboratories of genomic studies and the "laundering of wildlife market stalls, ”along with a refusal to provide live virus samples to international scientists working on vaccine development. Furthermore, it claims that information on asymptomatic carriers of the disease was "kept quiet" by the Chinese state. The Five Eyes dossier describes an alarming picture of the increasingly authoritarian powers used by Beijing to hide its illness from the entire world.

One of the most critical aspects of the report is China's lack of transparency on how the disease spread. The record highlights the existence of a "deadly denial of human-to-human transmission" in the early stages of the outbreak in Wuhan. In fact, it reveals that China had "evidence of human-to-human transmission since early December," but continued to deny that it could spread this way until the end of January.

Last month, British MPs also warned that Xi Jinping's mismanagement had cost thousands of lives. The Commons Committee on Foreign Affairs said that as the country where the outbreak originated, China should have played a central role in collecting data on its spread. And accused Beijing of trying to "cover up" what was really happening since the beginning.

The committee called on the UK government, working with international allies, to actively "confront and counter" disinformation from China. In its report, the inter-party group also named Iran and Russia as responsible for spreading false information about the COVID-19 virus and suggested that other countries were also involved.

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