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Trump Move to Cut WHO Funding Prompts Fierce Internal Debate

  • Policy may undercut polio programs, other efforts led by WHO
  • Private groups have raised more than $300 million in past week
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Trump Says He’s Halting Payments to WHO
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President Donald Trump’s decision to halt funding to the World Health Organization has sown confusion within his administration, as staff argue over what the decision means and whether some programs that the agency oversees should be protected from the cut.

In the days since Trump suspended funding to the WHO for a review period of “60 to 90 days,” some administration officials have argued that, no matter what, the organization should get far less than the $400 million to $500 million it receives each year from the U.S. They see the review as a way to redirect money permanently to other organizations focused on health-care issues.