Trump Formally Takes the US Out of the World Health Organization

President Donald Trump formally pulled the United States out of the World Health Organization (WHO) and notified Congress of the move on Tuesday after months of bashing the agency.

The news broke on Tuesday, and Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) tweeted, “Congress received notification that POTUS officially withdrew the U.S. from the WHO in the midst of a pandemic.”

Menendez added, “To call Trump’s response to COVID chaotic & incoherent doesn’t do it justice. This won’t protect American lives or interests — it leaves Americans sick & America alone.”

A senior administration official also confirmed the reports. The withdrawal is effective as of Monday, as The Hill reports.

The decision to pull the United States out of the WHO has been in the political conversation for months. In late May, Trump announced, “Because they have failed to make the requested and greatly needed reforms, we will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization and redirecting those funds to other worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs.”

However, Congress was not notified of the change until this week.

In mid-May, Trump sent a letter to the WHO, saying that he intended to pull the United States out of the group, citing the coronavirus and accusing the WHO of working hand-in-hand with the Chinese.

The WHO was founded just after World War II and it is a branch of the United Nations. And while the group seems massive, their budget is dwarfed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s budget.

The United States is the largest government contributor to the WHO, making up around 20% of its budget for 2018 and 2019, according to NPR.

In addition to nations, nonprofit groups also make up some of the funding for the WHO. Recently, the largest nonprofit funder has been the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which pumped in over $530 million to the WHO budget of 2018 and 2019.

Responses

  1. To anyone (Obsidian) who says it’s not an American job to track health for the world: why not? Too bothersome? Counting your pennies? If not the US, then who will be an equivalent world leader? Doesn’t it matter to the US if we look to the world like we’re managing the problem and in charge of the facts?

    Ever heard of “soft power”? That’s what a good reputation is for, why we act like we’re charitable and honest, why we can look like we have more than our own interests at heart. When you’ve got the soft power, you’re trusted, people believe in your ideals, and you can move the world (in part) without using the military. It’s cheaper and more effective than war, and it opens the door for our business interests, which means we can make money through it, in case humanitarianism to you means less than the sound of coin in pocket.

    China, by the way, is very interested in soft power. They’re still clumsy, but they’re building on becoming the moral equivalent to the US.

  2. Hugh – i would say you don’t leave something unless you have a plan to replace it. What’s Trump’s plan for ongoing coordination with the world on major health concerns if not WHO? He doesn’t have one and he doesn’t care.

  3. #MAGA Greatest President EVER!!! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA!

  4. HWB I wonder when IJR will suspend your membership using a Johnny Boy word?

  5. Hugh, if we are cutting ties with those who said anything incorrect regarding COVID-19, then you should want to cut ties with the guy who said he and President Xi had the virus “completely under control.” or the guy who said it was just 1 case coming in from China—same guy who said “it will be gone by April” How about the joker that complained that Obama did not leave him a test for Covid-19? I am all in favor of cutting ties with him.

  6. Hugh, nothing you said is true: the WHO has been right on a lot of things, and has not been wrong on everything. It has fought infectious disease for decades. It’s been generally right on the COVID virus.

    The WHO is funded by a lot of governments, and cooperates with them. The Chinese allow the WHO to work in their country. If the WHO insults the Chinese in the press for being sneaky and evasive on some points, they lose the cooperation of the government, and their freedom of action within China, and possibly the money China contributes to them. By analogy, if the WHO were to call the President of the United States a retarded phuking conservative asshat douche bag (which is language some other commenters have used), they would not necessarily be wrong, but it would be politically stupid to insult such a sensitive man that way. He might withdraw from the organization, despite the risk to the world and his country! Alas, it looks like he spotted the opportunity to rouse up his angry base, and withdraw anyway.

    We need an international body to work the details of this international problem. It’s a pandemic, and it requires lots of hands, cooperation, and data gathering.

  7. Honest question for the liberal douche bags here: What justification can you possibly offer for NOT leaving an organization that has been given $billioins and has been wrong on every single Phuking decision or pronouncement that they’ve ever made?

  8. Short-sighted move intended, thinks Trump, to increase his votes in November.

  9. Look at “His Highness, the Arrogant One” in the photo. He has no idea what humility, empathy or love are. He knows what money is, and he watches out only for himself.

    1. Yet, he rejects a salary… the only President to do so. That’s like calling him racist after he hangs out with Rosa Parks…

  10. Trump cares about one thing: Himself. He doesn’t need the WHO personally, and he perceives that he has turned his backers from closet bigots to ‘coming out’ bigots who hate all citizens of all countries but ours.

    1. America first. Don’t like it, go to another country.
      BTW, you’re a bigot. Look up the definition.

  11. Only dumphuk, no minded, Caucasian trash n*ggers

    think this a smart move to make.

    In an increasingly inter-connected world,

    America Alone is the stupidest policy possible.

  12. Yes Scotty the Imp the US was a fool for sticking with WHO for so long.

  13. “If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you’ve always got”Whether it was Mark Twain or Albert Einstein who said it it makes sense. And what exactly was WHO doing for the US? Let the Gates family fund it as they have been.

  14. This is a dumb impulse. It’s self destructive, both for the US and for Mr. Trump.

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