- "On my first day as President, I will rejoin the WHO and restore our leadership on the world stage."
- The decision can be reversed if Biden beats Trump in November.
- “They’re China-centric, to put it nicer. But they’re a puppet of China,” Trump said.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden announced today that he will reverse yesterday’s decision by the current US president, Donald Trump to withdraw the US from the World Health Organization (WHO) should he win this year’s US presidential elections. The former Vice President made his announcement in a tweet.
“Americans are safer when America is engaged in strengthening global health. On my first day as President, I will rejoin the WHO and restore our leadership on the world stage.” The withdrawal of the United States from the WHO will not take effect until July 6, a year after Monday’s official notification.
Whether or not the US actually does withdraw from the WHO will depend on the US presidential elections of November 3, and whether the former Vice President can defeat the Republican president, who is running for re-election. The timetable would allow a President Biden to overturn the decision if he wins the election and enters the White House in January 2021.
Washington and the United Nations confirmed today the official notification about the departure of the United States of America from the WHO. The United States Department of State and the UN itself confirmed that the notification was delivered on Monday to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres.
According to the UN spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric, the secretary-general of the United Nations, as the depositary of the WHO and in accordance with the organization’s statutes approved in 1946, will now begin the verification process to determine whether they are meeting all conditions for the departure of the United States from the WHO.
President Trump has accused the WHO of delaying its reaction to the new coronavirus pandemic.
Donald Trump: WHO is China’s “Puppet”
In May this year, President Trump attacked the World Health Organization, describing it as China’s puppet, and repeated a threat that he had made earlier to cut support for the organization. Trump made the allegations from the White House during the WHO’s annual meeting.
The meeting, which was held online because of the coronavirus outbreak, was mostly just about the global virus outbreak. “They’re China-centric, to put it nicer. But they’re a puppet of China,” Trump said then.
He added that the United States pays about $450 million annually to the WHO, more than any other country. Trump repeatedly stated that he will cut this contribution because he said the organization wasn’t treating the US properly. The WHO has, however, been denying the allegations advanced by Trump, insisting that it isn’t in any way being controlled by China.
China has also been denying President Donald Trump’s allegations, claiming that Trump is advancing the theory as a way of covering up his poor strategy of handling the pandemic in the US, and therefore using it as a campaign tool as he seeks re-election in the US’ Presidential election.