Donald Trump has said he is “terminating” America’s relationship with the World Health Organisation (WHO), indicating the international body would get no more US funding.
The US president cited the body’s ties to Beijing as he made the announcement on Friday, saying: “China has total control over the World Health Organisation.”
Mr Trump’s decision to cut off ties with the body helping lead the worldwide response to Covid-19 while the pandemic is still happening triggered criticism from some quarters.
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The US president has blamed the WHO for failing to warn countries quickly enough about the dangers of coronavirus and not doing enough to make China be transparent about the outbreak, which began in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
Mr Trump had previously paused funding to the WHO, pending an investigation carried out by his administration into the body’s handling of the Covid-19 crisis.
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