In a fiery four-page letter to the Director-General of the World Health Organization (W.H.O), President Trump demonstrated how he puts America first.
What the President wrote went far beyond the usual strongly worded letter we’ve come to expect in political situations. In this letter, there’s no holding back and every accusation against the W.H.O is put down, including an ultimatum at the end.
What President Trump Wrote
Covering up the origin:
- The W.H.O ignored credible reports of the virus spreading in Wuhan in December 2019.
- Despite reports, the W.H.O failed to investigate anything that conflicted with China’s official government accounts.
- By December 30, the W.H.O’s office in Beijing knew that there was a major public health concern in Wuhan.
- When Taiwanese authorities informed the W.H.O on December 31 that the virus had human-to-human transmission, the W.H.O chose to ignore the information.
- The President highlights that International Health Regulations require a country to report an emergency within 24 hours, yet China didn’t report anything despite evidence proving they knew there was a problem much earlier.
- Dr. Zhang Yongzhen reported on January 6 that he had sequenced the genome of the virus. He was left to self publish his work six days later, at which point Chinese authorities closed his lab and other labs sharing information.
Claims of misinformation:
- January 14, the W.H.O backs China’s claim that the virus isn’t transmittable between humans.
- January 21, the W.H.O gives in to China’s President and does not declare the outbreak an emergency.
- January 28, the W.H.O praised China for giving the world time but didn’t highlight that doctors who spoke out about the virus had been silenced.
- After declaring the virus was a public health emergency of international concern on January 30, the W.H.O failed to send in a team of international experts until February 16, and even then the team couldn’t visit Wuhan.
- The W.H.O praised China’s closing of domestic travel and yet criticized the President’s plan to close the border.
- The W.H.O used Chinese data to report the risk of asymptomatic spread, data that didn’t corroborate with other international data at the time. China’s data was later proven wrong.
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Ignoring China’s actions:
- April 11, several African ambassadors wrote to the Chinese Foreign Ministry after being made aware of discriminatory actions against people from Africa. The W.H.O made no mention of forced quarantines, evictions, and refusal of services these people suffered.
- The W.H.O has constantly praised China for its transparency despite reports saying they destroyed samples.
- The W.H.O has failed to publically call for an international investigation into the origins of the virus.
- Finally, the President praises former W.H.O Director-General Harlem Brundtland who handled SARS in 2003. Highlighting that the Director-General at that time even called out China for endangering global health by attempting to cover up the outbreak.
It concludes by giving the W.H.O 30 days to prove its independence from China or the temporary freeze of funds from the United States will become permanent.
The President’s final line in the letter sums up our leader perfectly: “I cannot allow American taxpayer dollars to continue to finance an organization that, in its present state, is so clearly not serving America’s interests.”
Read President Trump’s explosive letter below.