US President Donald Trump on Friday announced the termination of his country’s relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO). He blamed WHO and China for the COVID-19 pandemic across the globe.
He said WHO funding will now be diverted to other global public health organisations. He also announced several decisions against China including denying entry to certain Chinese nationals and tightening regulations against Chinese investments in America.
He also said the special treatment of Hong Kong will come to an end in response to Chinese imposition of new controls. He said that the US will revise its travel advisory to warn of surveillance in Hong Kong.
“The world needs answers from China,” Trump said in his speech at the White House.For decades it has ripped off the US like no one has ever done before, he said, reiterating his charges against China.
He accused China on stealing intellectual property, taking away billions of dollars and jobs from the US and violating the commitment under the World Trade Organization. He said China was able to get away with the theft, like no one before because of past politicians and presidents.
He said the world is suffering as a result of the malfeasance of the Chinese government’s cover-up of the Wuhan virus which allowed the disease to spread all over the world.
China, he said, has total control over the WHO despite only paying $40 million per year compared to the US that has been paying approximately $450 million a year.
Trump said that later in the day, he will issue a proclamation to better secure America’s vital university research and “to suspend the entry of certain foreign nationals from China who have been identified as potential security risks”.