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US Chamber criticizes Trump decision on WHO

US Chamber criticizes Trump decision on WHO
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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpGeraldo Rivera on Trump sowing election result doubts: 'Enough is enough now' Murkowski: Trump should concede White House race Scott Atlas resigns as coronavirus adviser to Trump MORE’s decision to halt funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday, saying it is not in the best interest of the country. 

“The Chamber supports a reformed but functional World Health Organization, and U.S. leadership and involvement are essential to ensuring its transparency and accountability going forward,” Myron Brilliant, the Chamber's executive vice president and head of international affairs, said in a statement.

Brilliant added, “However, cutting the WHO’s funding during the COVID-19 pandemic is not in U.S. interests given the organization’s critical role assisting other countries — particularly in the developing world — in their response.”

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Trump announced he will halt funding pending a review of the WHO for what he described as its mismanagement of the coronavirus outbreak at a White House briefing on Tuesday. He criticized the WHO for its opposition to travel restrictions and lack of quick, accurate information on the coronavirus.

Trump joins government officials like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in criticizing the international body. Pompeo slammed the WHO recently, saying that the organization needed to “do its job."

Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) had previously called for a congressional probe into the health organization, saying, "When it comes to Coronavirus, the WHO failed. They need to be held accountable for their role in promoting misinformation and helping Communist China cover up a global pandemic."
 
The American Medical Association also criticized the president's announcement, calling the move a “dangerous step in the wrong direction” and urging Trump to reconsider.