'America will remain sick and lonely': trump officially announced the US withdrawal from WHO
Trump sent a notice of US official withdrawal from WHO to Congress, Senator Menendez said. Earlier, the American president suspended funding for the organization and put forward a number of requirements for it, writes DW.
US President Donald Trump notified Congress of the country's official withdrawal from the World Health Organization (WHO) amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sen. Bob Menendez, a leading Democrat representative on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote about this on Tuesday, July 7.
“Congress has been informed that the US President has officially withdrawn the country from WHO in the midst of a pandemic. That Trump's response to COVID-19 is chaotic and inconsistent is putting it mildly. This decision will not protect the lives or interests of Americans - it leaves Americans sick and America alone, ”Menendez wrote.
The United States will not leave the World Health Organization until July 6, 2021, the UN said on Tuesday, July 7, after receiving official notice of President Donald Trump’s decision more than a month ago, writes Reuters.
Trump had to give the United States one year notice of the US withdrawal from the Geneva-based UN agency - in accordance with a joint resolution of the US Congress in 1948, which also obliges Washington to pay financial support. The United States currently owes more than $ 200 million in assessed contributions to WHO, according to the WHO website.
"The Secretary General ... is in the process of checking with the World Health Organization whether all the conditions for such a withdrawal have been met," said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarrick.
The head of the White House in late May, in the midst of a pandemic, put forward an ultimatum to WHO, demanding to prove independence from China and fulfill US reform requirements within 30 days. Otherwise, Trump threatened to leave the United States for two weeks.
According to the American president, WHO has ignored credible reports of a new type of virus outbreak in Wuhan in December 2019, or even earlier. In addition, the organization did not conduct an independent investigation after the appearance of data diverging from the position of Beijing. Trump also claimed that at the end of last year, WHO knew about the degree of danger posed by the new coronavirus, but the organization decided not to share this information with the rest of the world.
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