President Donald Trump criticized the World Health Organization for “being wrong about a lot of things” and willingness to believe what China tells them. From his appearance at the White House coronavirus task force briefing on Tuesday:
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: The WHO, that’s the World Health Organization, receives vast amounts of money from the United States. And we pay for a majority or biggest portion of their money. And they actually criticized and disagreed with my travel ban at the time I did it. And they were wrong. They’ve been wrong about a lot of things. And they had a lot of information early and they didn’t want to–they’re very–they seem to be very China-centric. And we have to look into that, so we’re going to look into it. We pay for–we give a majority of the money that they get, and it’s much more than the $58 million. $58 million is a small portion of what they’ve got over the years. Sometimes they get much more than that. Sometimes it’s for programs that they’re doing, and–and it’s much bigger numbers. And if the programs are good, that’s great as far as we’re concerned. But we want to look into it, World Health Organization, because they really are–they called it wrong. They called it wrong. They really–they missed the call. They could’ve called it months earlier. They would have known and they should have known and they probably did know. So, we’ll be looking into that very carefully, and we’re going to put a hold on money spent to the WHO. We’re going to put a very powerful hold on it and we’re going to see. It’s a great thing if it works. But when they call every shot wrong, that’s no good.