The US is among the WHO’s biggest financial backers but Donald Trump is frustrated by the organisation’s handling of COVID-19.
US President Donald Trump has ordered that his country’s payments to the World Health Organisation be halted.
Mr Trump said that the global health body had “failed in its basic duty and it must be held accountable” for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
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The virus – which has infected almost two million people worldwide – could have been contained at its source if the WHO had been better at investigating the initial reports that came from China, Mr Trump said.
But he added that the US will continue to engage with the organisation to pursue what he described as meaningful reforms.