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Therese Raphael

The WHO Messed Up, But So Did Trump

Blaming the World Health Organization for being late and cozy with China doesn’t exonerate the White House’s own failings. 

Talking to the coronavirus task force.

Talking to the coronavirus task force.

Source: The Washington Post

The problem with Donald Trump’s threat to defund the World Health Organization Tuesday wasn’t his accusation that the Geneva-based body “missed the call” on Covid-19. Nor was it his concerns, expressed by many others too, about the organization’s coziness with China. It was that Trump’s blame game only compounds his own major errors in responding to the virus threat.

In a press conference on Tuesday, Trump laid into the WHO, announcing he was defunding the organization — before backpedaling and leaving everyone confused. “They called it wrong. They, really, they missed the call. They could have called it months earlier,” he said, adding that “we’re going to put a hold on money spent to the WHO, we’re going to put a very powerful hold on it.”