US President Donald Trump threatened Monday to permanently end US funding for the World Health Organization (WHO).
The WHO is an international organization responsible for monitoring public health concerns and coordinating governmental responses. The US contributes between $400 and $500 million annually to the WHO.
In a public letter to the director of the WHO, Trump provided a list of criticisms of the organization’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Trump suggested that the organization is controlled by the Chinese government, stating that the WHO has an “alarming lack of independence from the People’s Republic of China.”