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Trump threatens WHO with permanent funding freeze

Trump threatens WHO with permanent funding freeze
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President Donald Trump threatened to permanently freeze US funding to the World Health Organisation unless "substantive improvements" were made within the next 30 days

Washington: President Donald Trump threatened to permanently freeze US funding to the World Health Organisation unless "substantive improvements" were made within the next 30 days.

Washington suspended payments to the WHO in mid-April, accusing it of being too close to Beijing and covering up and mismanaging the coronavirus pandemic.

On Monday, Trump tweeted images of a letter he sent to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, saying the letter was "self-explanatory."

In the letter, Trump lists what he says are examples of the WHO's shortcomings in managing the pandemic, including ignoring early reports of the emergence of the virus, and being too close to China.

"It is clear the repeated missteps by you and your organization in responding to the pandemic have been extremely costly for the world.

The only way forward for the World Health Organization is if it can actually demonstrate independence from China," Trump said in the letter.

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