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MSNBC 7 Apr 2020

Why Trump Is Blasting The World Health Organization's Coronavirus Response

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The Washington Post's Philip Rucker looks at Trump's new attacks on the WHO and its COVID-19 response, and what could be behind it all. Aired on 04/07/2020.


The coronavirus pandemic is one of the biggest challenges the World Health Organization has ever faced.
It's also receiving both praise and criticism for how it's dealing with the crisis.
Critics say the WHO acted too slow to declare a pandemic.
Its 194 member states have voted unanimously for an independent inquiry into the the global response to COVID-19, and the UN body's role.
The WHO's biggest donor, the US, is also its loudest critic.
President Donald Trump has accused the WHO of being a 'puppet' of China, even though Trump himself praised the organisation and the Chinese government at the start of the outbreak.
So what lessons should the WHO learn to prepare for the next pandemic?

Presenter: Bernard Smith

Guests:

Kelley Lee - Professor of Global Health Policy at Simon Fraser University who also co-founded the WHO Collaborating Centre on Global Change and Health
Jeremy Youde - Specialist in global health politics and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota
Regina Osih - medical doctor and infectious disease specialist at the Aurum Institute
Donald Trump has suspended funding for the World Health Organisation, accusing it of 'covering up' the spread of the #coronavirus.

As the WHO's largest donor, the US provides $400 million of its $6billion budget.

Many have criticised the move to cut money for the agency given its crucial role in fighting the coronavirus and some have suggested it's an attempt to deflect attention from the Trump administration's failure to act quickly to suppress the virus.

#COVID19
President Trump announced that the United States would be ending its relationship with the World Health Organization as he blames them and China for the impact of coronavirus.
President Trump announced that he is terminating the U.S.'s relationship with the World Health Organization. He did not take questions from the press.

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TO SOUND THE ALARM BACK IN JANUARY, EVEN AS FAR BACK AS
JANUARY, EVEN AS FAR BACK AS LATE DECEMBER.
LATE DECEMBER. >> PHIL RUCKER, I BELIEVE WE
>> PHIL RUCKER, I BELIEVE WE HAVE A PORTION OF TODAY’S
HAVE A PORTION OF TODAY’S BRIEFING WHERE THE PRESIDENT
BRIEFING WHERE THE PRESIDENT WENT AFTER THE WORLD HEALTH
WENT AFTER THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION.
ORGANIZATION. IT’S ALL KIND OF ENMESHED WITH
IT’S ALL KIND OF ENMESHED WITH CHINA.
CHINA. IT’S ALL ENMESHED WITH POLITICS.
IT’S ALL ENMESHED WITH POLITICS. AND WE’LL PLAY A BIT OF THAT AND
AND WE’LL PLAY A BIT OF THAT AND TALK ABOUT IT ON THE OTHER SIDE.
TALK ABOUT IT ON THE OTHER SIDE. >> WORLD HEALDTH, VERY CHINA
>> WORLD HEALDTH, VERY CHINA CENTRIC AS I SAY.
CENTRIC AS I SAY. BASICALLY EVERYTHING WAS VERY
BASICALLY EVERYTHING WAS VERY POSITIVE FOR CHINA.
POSITIVE FOR CHINA. DON’T CLOSE YOUR BORDERS, THEY
DON’T CLOSE YOUR BORDERS, THEY TOLD ME -- I MEAN THEY STRONGLY
TOLD ME -- I MEAN THEY STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.
RECOMMENDED. THEY’RE NOT TELLING ME, BUT THEY
THEY’RE NOT TELLING ME, BUT THEY STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT WE NOT
STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT WE NOT CLOSE OUR BORDERS.
CLOSE OUR BORDERS. THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN A DISASTER.
THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN A DISASTER. THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN A TOTAL
THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN A TOTAL DISASTER.
DISASTER. AND LITERALLY THEY CALLED EVERY
AND LITERALLY THEY CALLED EVERY SHOT WRONG.
SHOT WRONG. FOR YEARS WE FUNDED THEM, AND
FOR YEARS WE FUNDED THEM, AND IT’S PROBABLY SPENDING AT LEAST
IT’S PROBABLY SPENDING AT LEAST $58 MILLION A YEAR, BUT IT’S
$58 MILLION A YEAR, BUT IT’S MUCH MORE THAN THAT BECAUSE THEN
MUCH MORE THAN THAT BECAUSE THEN WE FUND SOME OF THE WORK THEY
WE FUND SOME OF THE WORK THEY DO, WHICH IS SOME GOOD WORK.
DO, WHICH IS SOME GOOD WORK. BUT WE’RE GOING TO LOOK AT IT
BUT WE’RE GOING TO LOOK AT IT NOW.
NOW. >> SO I WAS OFF BY THREE HOURS,
>> SO I WAS OFF BY THREE HOURS, PHIL.
PHIL. HE FIRST WENT AFTER THE W.H.O.
HE FIRST WENT AFTER THE W.H.O. AT THE BRIEFING.
AT THE BRIEFING. HE THEN PHONED INTO HANNITY
HE THEN PHONED INTO HANNITY TONIGHT THREE HOURS LATER TO GO
TONIGHT THREE HOURS LATER TO GO AFTER THE W.H.O. AGAIN.
AFTER THE W.H.O. AGAIN. TELL THE NICE FOLKS WATCHING
TELL THE NICE FOLKS WATCHING WHAT IS AT WORK HERE.
WHAT IS AT WORK HERE. >> WELL, AT WORK HERE, BRIAN, IS
>> WELL, AT WORK HERE, BRIAN, IS A PRESIDENT WHO IS UNDER SIEGE
A PRESIDENT WHO IS UNDER SIEGE BECAUSE HE DIDN’T TAKE
BECAUSE HE DIDN’T TAKE CORONAVIRUS SERIOUSLY ENOUGH AT
CORONAVIRUS SERIOUSLY ENOUGH AT THE OUTSET, AND HE IS NOW
THE OUTSET, AND HE IS NOW CASTING FOR BLAME.
CASTING FOR BLAME. WE’VE SEEN THE LAST COUPLE OF
WE’VE SEEN THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS HIM TRY TO TARGET SPECIFIC
WEEKS HIM TRY TO TARGET SPECIFIC GOVERNORS FOR THEIR FAILURES IN
GOVERNORS FOR THEIR FAILURES IN LEADERSHIP ACCORDING TO HIM.
LEADERSHIP ACCORDING TO HIM. AND THEN TODAY WE SAW HIM
AND THEN TODAY WE SAW HIM INTRODUCE THIS IDEA THAT THE
INTRODUCE THIS IDEA THAT THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION WAS TO
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION WAS TO BLAME BECAUSE THEY WERE NOT
BLAME BECAUSE THEY WERE NOT TOUGH ENOUGH ON CHINA AT THE
TOUGH ENOUGH ON CHINA AT THE OUTSET, DID NOT DECLARE IT A
OUTSET, DID NOT DECLARE IT A PANDEMIC EARLY ENOUGH.
PANDEMIC EARLY ENOUGH. THIS IS ALL ACCORDING TO THE
THIS IS ALL ACCORDING TO THE PRESIDENT’S ASSESSMENT.
PRESIDENT’S ASSESSMENT. AND, YOU KNOW, IT FITS A PATTERN
AND, YOU KNOW, IT FITS A PATTERN IN THIS PRESIDENCY WHERE THIS
IN THIS PRESIDENCY WHERE THIS PRESIDENT HAS SO LITTLE REGARD
PRESIDENT HAS SO LITTLE REGARD FOR FAITH IN INTERNATIONAL
FOR FAITH IN INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTIONS.
INSTITUTIONS. WE’VE SEEN HIM GO AFTER NATO,
WE’VE SEEN HIM GO AFTER NATO, FOR EXAMPLE.
FOR EXAMPLE. WE’VE SEEN HIM TRY TO TEAR APART
WE’VE SEEN HIM TRY TO TEAR APART ALLIANCES AND MULTILATERAL TRADE
ALLIANCES AND MULTILATERAL TRADE DEALS.
DEALS. AND HERE AGAIN WE SEE HIM GOING
AND HERE AGAIN WE SEE HIM GOING AFTER ANOTHER GLOBAL
AFTER ANOTHER GLOBAL INSTITUTION, THE WORLD HEALTH
INSTITUTION, THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION.
ORGANIZATION. AND I IMAGINE THIS IS GOING TO
AND I IMAGINE THIS IS GOING TO CONTINUE BECAUSE IT’S AN EASY
CONTINUE BECAUSE IT’S AN EASY WAY FOR HIM TO MESSAGE TO HIS

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