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Donald Trump accuses WHO of ‘minimizing the threat’ of coronavirus



Donald Trump accuses WHO of 'minimizing the threat' of coronavirus
President Donald Trump on Wednesday accused the World Health Organization of minimizing the threat of the coronavirus as he escalated the war-of-words with the humanitarian group.

‘The WHO got it wrong, they got up very wrong. In many ways they were wrong. They also minimized the threat very strongly,’ President Trump said at his daily White House press briefing.

He also charged the group with claiming there was no human-to-human transmission of the deadly disease.

‘As you know they made a statement January 14th that there was no human to human transmission — there was,’ Trump said.

The WHO tweeted on January 14, citing Chinese officials who claimed there had been no human transmissions of the virus in its country.

The group later acknowledged there was a human-to-human transmission.

In his continued war of words against the WHO, the president reiterated his complaint that the agency was critical when he shut down flights from certain parts of China and he went on to complain about how much money the United States gave the group, which is part of the United Nations.

He said he was thinking about holding back millions of American funding.

‘We are going to study and investigation and make a determination as to what we’re doing. In the meantime we are holding back,’ he said.

His comments came after the head of the World Health Organization warned the president to stop politicizing the coronavirus crisis ‘if you don’t want any more body bags.’

‘At the end of the day, the people belong to all political parties. The focus of all political parties should be to save their people, please do not politicize this virus,’ WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu said in a virtual press briefing.

‘If you want to be exploited and if you want to have many more body bags, then you do it. If you don’t want any more body bags, then you refrain from politicizing it.’

Trump fired back.

‘So when he says politicizing he’s politicizing, and he shouldn’t be,’ the president said at his daily briefing when he was asked about Tedros’ comment.

‘I can’t believe he’s talking about politics when looking at the relationship they have to China,’ Trump said and repeated his charge the agency favored China above other countries.

Tedros, at his briefing, made an appeal for the global unit and said all leaders of all political parties should focus on saving their people.

‘Unity is the only option to defeat this virus,’ he said.

‘Without unity, we assure you even any country that may have a better system will be in trouble and more crisis. That’s our message. Unity at the national level,’ he said. ‘No need to use COVID to score political points. No need. You have many other ways to prove yourselves.’



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