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Trump threatens WHO

 International Desk

 Published: 12:58 PM, 8 April 2020  

US President Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump

President Donald Trump threatened to cut US funding to the World Health Organization (WHO), saying the international group had "missed the call" on the coronavirus pandemic, which has so far left more than 82,000 dead around the world. 

As the United States suffered a record total of nearly 2,000 deaths in the past 24 hours, China reported no new deaths for the first time since the outbreak began in Wuhan in late December. 

Trump on Tuesday said that the international group had "called it wrong" on the virus and that the organisation was "very China-centric" in its approach, suggesting that the WHO had gone along with Beijing's efforts months ago to minimise the severity of the outbreak. 

Trump first declared that he would cut off funding from the United States for the organisation, before backtracking and saying he would "strongly consider" such a move.

Trump's conservatives allies have also increasingly criticised the WHO, accusing the organisation of relying on faulty data from China about the pandemic.

Last week, Republican Senator Marco Rubio, called for the resignation of WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, saying "he allowed Beijing to use the WHO to mislead the global community".