Last month, President Trump halted US payments to the World Health Organization and accused the world body of botching the initial response to the outbreak of COVID-19.
On Friday, he went further, announcing that the US was ending its relationship with the WHO altogether, reports CNN.
Trump again accused the organization of being under the sway of Beijing, and he asserted that China pressured the organization to mislead the world about the outbreak when the virus first surfaced there, according to the Associated Press (AP).
“We will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization and directing those funds to worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs,” Trump said.
The US President also said in a statement from the Rose Garden, per Politico, that the United States gives about $450 million to the World Health Organization (WHO), compared to $40 million for China.
The US is the biggest contributor to the world body, and the move could “significantly weaken” the organization, according to the AP.