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President Donald Trump has formally disclosed to withdraw the US from the World Health Organization (WHO) effective July 6th 2021.
Trumph had made his intentions known in late May, accusing the WHO of being under China’s control in the wake of the coronavirus escalation.
Despite calls from the EU and others, Trumph said he would pull out of the UN agency and redirect funds elsewhere.
He has now make known this know to the UN and Congress of his intentions, although the process could take at least a year.
Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN secretary-general, confirmed the US had notified it of its withdrawal, effective as of 6 July 2021.
Senator Robert Menendez, the leading Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, also wrote on Twitter:
“Congress received notification that POTUS officially withdrew the US from the WHO in the midst of a pandemic.
“It leaves Americans sick and America alone.”
Joe Biden, who will challenge Donald Trump in the November presidential election, tweeted: “On my first day as President, I will rejoin the WHO and restore our leadership on the world stage.”
‘The US is the global health agency’s largest single contributor, providing more than $400m (£324m; €360m) in 2019, around 15% of its total budget.’
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday his difficult and tough trade agreement with China was now of less importance to the coronavirus pandemic and he frightened new tariffs on Beijing, as his administration crafted retaliatory procedure over the outbreak.
Trump made plain, nevertheless, that his concerns about China’s role in the origin and escalation of the pandemic were taking priority for now over his efforts to build on an initial trade agreement with Beijing that long oversight his dealings with the world’s second-largest economy.
“We signed a trade deal where they’re supposed to buy, and they’ve been buying a lot, actually. But that now becomes secondary to what took place with the virus,” Trump told reporters. “The virus situation is just not acceptable.”
The Washington Post, mentioning two people with knowledge of internal discussions, confirmed on Thursday that some officials had established the idea of canceling some of the massive U.S. debt held by China as a way to walkout at Beijing for discerned shortfalls in its bluntness on the Corona Virus pandemic.
Source___ WASHINGTON (Reuters)