Lady Gaga calls WHO chief a 'superstar'

Lady Gaga praised the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday as he faces increasing criticism from President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump admin to announce coronavirus vaccine will be covered under Medicare, Medicaid: report Election officials say they're getting suspicious emails that may be part of malicious attack on voting: report McConnell tees up Trump judicial pick following Supreme Court vote MORE and conservatives. 

The singer shared her praise while joining WHO's daily coronavirus briefing to discuss the lineup for the "One World: Together at Home" benefit concert, which has already raised $50 million to fight COVID-19.

“Dr. Tedros, you're truly a superstar,” she said, speaking directly to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. "Thank you so much to the media for telling the stories of all of these medical professionals and getting the word out about how under-resourced their systems are."


“During this time we have seen a coming together of a singular, kind, global community,” Lady Gaga continued. “This triumph has instilled in myself and my colleagues a true calling to call upon the private sector and philanthropists to commit millions of dollars to support the World Health Organization's COVID-19 response.”

Her comments follow President Trump's announcement on Tuesday that he would withhold funds from WHO pending a review by his administration. Trump had been ramping up his attacks against WHO, which initially criticized travel bans like the one Trump imposed on China. The president and some conservatives have also said WHO has not been transparent about the virus.

The revoked funding has been met with fierce blowback from Democrats and other world leaders. 

“A weak person blames others,” Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Businesses, wealthy brace for Biden tax hikes | Dow falls more than 650 points as COVID-19 cases rise, stimulus hopes fade | Kudlow doesn't expect Trump to release detailed economic plan before election Overnight Health Care: US sets a new record for average daily coronavirus cases | Meadows on pandemic response: 'We're not going to control it' | Pelosi blasts Trump for not agreeing to testing strategy Gaffes put spotlight on Meadows at tough time for Trump MORE (D-Calif.) said in a statement. “This decision is dangerous, illegal and will be swiftly challenged.”