UN responds to Trump’s withdrawal of funding from WHO; WHO remains silent for time being

Left column from top: Tedros Adhonom WHO Secretary General, Antonio Guterres UN Secretary General. Right: Donald Trump US president

The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, has admonished US president Trump for his intention to withdraw US funding to the World Health Organization (WHO). In an article published on the UN news website, Guterres pointed out that “this is not the time” to be reducing funds to the WHO or any other organisation fighting the pandemic.

“Now is a time for unity in the global battle to push the COVID-19 pandemic into reverse, not a time to cut the resources of the World Health Organization (WHO), which is spearheading and coordinating the global body’s efforts, said UN chief António Guterres, on Tuesday.”

The UN chief’s statement came on the heels of President Trump’s announcement in which he aired a laundry list of complaints against the WHO and in particular Tedros Adhanom, the Secretary-General of the organization.

Adhanom has been under fire by the Trump administration which has claimed that he blatantly and corruptly favours China and has made grave missteps in the handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Adhanom has come under increased scrutiny for the US administration’s comments and also for his public statement on the racism he claims he receives. He made the claim at a press conference where he was asked if recent the criticism from world leaders undermines his ability to respond to the crisis.

At the time of publishing, the WHO secretary-general had not responded to Trump’s announcement to withdraw funding from his organization.

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27 Comments

  1. Bwa-Banday
    April 17, 2020

    The WHO failed humanity by becoming Chinacentric for whatever reason. When all is said and done Dr.Tedros will be gone period! The USA will make sure he is the fall person that will drive change within. Remember I said it here

  2. Lin clown
    April 17, 2020

    J John-Charles from my comments by now you should know I AM AN AMERICAN CITIZEN,who has paid his dues to America.We voted TRUMP for the ECONOMY not anything else.Every other thing Trump is like a Fish out of water.He did very,very well with unemployment in America.

  3. teacher.
    April 16, 2020

    America contributes over four hundred million dollars to the world health organization, they use some of it to fund abortions in the guise of woman health. China only contributes forty-five million dollars. These organizations will no longer be able to take advantage of America, as long as Trump is president. Best president ever!

  4. Bring back the kidnapped parrots
    April 16, 2020

    Trump has no advisors in the White House, his staff resides at FOX “Fake News” HQ in New York, Hannity is his main advisor and propaganda minister. He does everything FOX tells him to do because he is too ignorant and stupid to make his own decisions. He tunes in to Fox and Friends every morning to get his ideas and instructions, America is being led by an idiot who believes he is a king. Where are the Republicans in Congress and Moscow Mitch McConnell and his side kick Leningrad Lindsay Graham?

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    • viewsexpressed
      April 17, 2020

      Well said, great critic. Trump, as is said presents himself as this Tramp who is highly illiterate to the bigger picture of politics, good governance who lacks political; decency and etiquette. With a man who is rich and has not been engaed in any politics is the wrong man for the High office of President of the most distinguish Country (USA) in the World. This man lacks decorum, decency, and lacks the qualities of leadership, languages and etiquette. How on earth this Tramp Clown got into the White house? No one knows! It`s all about fanfare, loyalty and immaturity. This man is a puppet on a string who goes blindly and talks nonsense from his cronies, who has him going. He is like a puppet on a string and has to be told often what he should and should not say. What a comical illiterate man to be leader of the most distinguished, influential Country in the world.
      Tramp must understand it is not a fake business he is running, this is the most influenced riches country in the world.

  5. J.John-Charles
    April 16, 2020

    No one gutted Obama Care, its dying a natural death,because it was built on a lie.
    You remember this pronouncement,
    “If you like your Doctor,you can keep your doctor,PERIOD”
    He said the same thing about health insurance and end with the infamous PERIOD.
    I Was on my wife insurance,but had to switch to my employer provided insur…because of Obama.we were paying almost $200 more per month.My son had to change his,again because of Mr PERIOD.
    Now concerning the $2500 which was promised by Obama, after it became law he stayed in office for another 6yrs.
    In closing,have you received your $1200 from Trump? If the answer is yes.Can you see the difference? By the way I believe there is more to come…And let us give him 4 more years

    • Bring back the kidnapped parrots
      April 17, 2020

      Bow down to Trump the $1200.00 is coming from his personal bank account, his name is going to be on the checks.

  6. Badbaje
    April 16, 2020

    Tedros Adhonom, WHO secretary-general, now getting his fair share of blows. When he was enjoying the things his big title entitiled him for, he forgot he was black. Now when they giving him blows, he is black, and they the white leaders of the world are recist. You did not complain when they chose you as a token black and gave you the post, the big money, and all those things, you were one of “them”
    Stay with them now, and take your blows, you house “*&^%$#” Don’t come running to the black community now crying racism, and looking for support.
    The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres will get his blows soon too, don’t worry, it never fails. They put you tokens there for a reason, to take the fall.

  7. viewsexpressed
    April 16, 2020

    This Trump does not seem to be one who is an intellectual, but spontaneous and ridiculous in his thoughts, his words and his ack o demeanour. this man is not a politician, not sufficiently intellectual to hold the position of President , especially f the USA the most and only well structured designed rich and well positioned as the leader of the world with its many resources and assistance it gives to many small, poor countries around the world. USA has been seen and recognised as the most influenced and committed country who helps nations across the globe with aid and assistance whenever a disaster hits hard. We must acknowledge that this Trump (Tramp) is not a politican, nor intellectual, who lacks focus, decorum and is visionless. He only sees and comments on matters just within his eyes. He just don`t see nor able to analyse, contemplate on the bigger picture of governance, politics and socio-economic development. Trump needs to get the hell out of The White House.
    Tramp get Out.

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    • April 16, 2020

      “This man is not a politician, not sufficiently intellectual to hold the position of President”

      @viewexpressed, I can’t believe this is your view about Donald Trump to compare it with your views about your “GREAT” you know who.

      If you think that you are right about Donald Trump how is “YOURS” different from him?

      • J.John-Charles
        April 17, 2020

        DNO followers are not fools like me.So here is the test,since you convinced yourself that B.Clinton and Obama has done more for blacks.I am giving you Obama, name the things he did for blacks
        in his 8yrs.And I will show you Clinton’s legacy.
        When he was vying for the presidency, Haitians were risking their lives on little boats trying to land Miami.Clinton told them if elected I am with you.After his victory, didn’t even wait 4 his inauguration.he taped a message 2 them and said.
        “Coming 2 the U.S on little boats will not solve your problems in Haiti.So anyone caught will be send back.”
        So he send the coast guard to drag them to the U.S.bass in Cuba and then back to Haiti.At the same time he would use the same coast guard to rescue Cubans and bring them on Miami shores.later on he signed a bill.Any Cuban that touch U.S.shores St.Thomas St Johns are welcome in In the U.S

  8. Bob Denis
    April 15, 2020

    Mr Trump may have committed one of the biggest crimes against Humanity , with his arrogant White Power posture and Verbiousity. Fallacy again, He as President doesn’t have the power where the purse is concerned, The US Congress have equal say and De Donald will end up losing a lotta CRED because of the way he approached this Pandemic initially. How can we not see deceit here Nuh? the U S have historically controlled the WHO, their Pharmaceutical corporations have become Global Giants through this UN agency created by no other but the USA. We are accustomed to seeing pockets of Epidemic activity,but this is serious +, the lesson to be learnt from this, is Wo/Man have the capability to destroy themselves with Bio weaponry on a Global scale never seen before, is this the Season without Reason?.

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  9. Ibo France
    April 15, 2020

    The UN, WHO, the US, PAHO and the rest of the world have to put up a united front in order to defeat this most contagious and deadly Coronavirus. Mr. Trump, the WORST US president in the entire history of America, nuking every effort by the rest of the world to rid the planet of this virus. He does this to try to camouflage his monumental incompetence. This man is as weird as his hair in high winds.

  10. Lin clown
    April 15, 2020

    The Americans know how to remove Governments from power who do not support them They have murdered hundreds of thousands of innocent people,in Libya,Afghanistan,Iraq and other countries.Now they are murdering their OWN people,because they refused to take COVID-19 seriously.Trump said COVID-19 is like the common COLD,it would soon go away,he is now blaming everybody for his STUPIDNESS and LACK OF FORESIGHT.

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    • Batibou River
      April 18, 2020

      You live in the USA and eat their bread, but you hate you adopted country. You love the PM of Dominica and everything he does. But you don’t want to live in this island of milk and honey. I wonder why? You and all your red friends are hypocrites and not right in your heads. That’s why!

  11. derp
    April 15, 2020

    The facts are there though since December the Chinese Doctor warned of the virus but China wanted to silence him and downplay the situation

    Even Taiwan noticed something was going on and reported it to the WHO instead they kept singing China’s tune about there is no signs of an outbreak

    Further more even Hong Kong advised them to ” implement the strictest possible monitoring system for a mystery new viral pneumonia that has infected dozens of people on the mainland, as it is highly possible that the illness is spreading from human to human.”

    But no instead of heading the warnings the WHO kept on repeating China’s statements
    There are links supporting these claims, but dno filter keeps on flagging it as spam…..

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    • Made in China
      April 16, 2020

      Thanks to the internet people can see these facts for themselves. Oh how they long for the days when they could put what they wanted people to see on the media and nobody would have any other information.

      The fact is China lied and the WHO regurgitated those lies and many people died as a result. They are trying to blame Trump now even though he was the one to take the most drastic actions even before it seemed like this thing would get serious.

      Also not to mention there are several factors that people are not taking into consideration like false reporting of deaths, lack of sufficient testing to confirm the actual number of infections (the death rate would massively drop).

      There are nurses in US hospitals spending their time making tik-tok dance videos. Maybe things are not as bad as the media is trying to make them out to be.

      • Channel 1
        April 16, 2020

        @Made in China – You made an important observation in your 3rd paragraph re: the death rate. Sometime ago, Trump & Co mentioned that it is possible the COVID death rate may be much lower than the current figure as it is possible that quite a number of people may have been infected with the virus unknowingly, did not seek medical care & recovered on their own. As a result, the death rate percentage would be much lower.

        Trump was ridiculed for that view. Yesterday, a mainstream news agency reported that the # of people who may have been infected with COVID may indeed be much higher than the current figure.

        A comparison of the infection & death rates between COVID & the annual influenza outbreaks when this is over could be interesting. According to WHO, worldwide, annual influenza outbreaks result in an estimated 3-5 million severe cases & 290,000 – 650,000 respiratory deaths.

        I wonder why hasn’t the annual flu outbreaks triggered a similar worldwide response as for COVID?

    • J.John-Charles
      April 16, 2020

      In another post, someone who carries the pen-name Calibishie Warrior, made some ridiculous assertions and I would like to challenge him.
      (1) Whatever information WHO gave Trump and the outside world was faulty and a big lie from China.
      (2)Which test kits WHO gave Trump and he refused it?.This nonsense question was asked at a press conference and Dr Deborah Birx flatly rejected this fiction.Secondly if this kit was the cure 4 the covid-19.Why was it not giving to other countries
      (3)Trump didn’t disband any task Force.The person who headed the task Force wrote an Oped in, I think in the New York Post and said this is a lie.
      (4) You said Obama left Trump,A Pandemic Manual,and Trump ignored it.Are you dreaming? Again which Obama? Who after 8yrs did nothing for blacks in the U.S.? Not even in his home city Chicago?
      Let me remind DNO readers, During the month of January while the president was fast at work for us, Democrats spent all their time impeaching Trump,No time 4 Covid-19

      • viewsexpressed
        April 17, 2020

        “Let me remind DNO readers, During the month of January while the president was fast at work for us, Democrats spent all their time impeaching Trump, No time 4 Covid-19”
        Damn Good, it is welcomed. This Trump (Tramp) is just FAKE.. Can yo imagine a “Fake” calling other people “Fake”? This man should have never been the President of the United States of America. The lacks decorum, he hardly can converse properly, he is weak and illiterate in words and comprehension. He runs through a thought and pretends that he says something meaningful. What a lol, lol, what a fake what a medeamenor.
        Is there not someone at the White House, or his family to nurture this political clown that he may be elevated to one with decorum, intelligent speech and the delivery of his speech is well prepared that his team is able to offer him “Lessons” as to how best to deliver a speech or comment in the best qualified way that we are able to comprehend what he says or want to say? Where did this man…

  12. J.John-Charles
    April 15, 2020

    In 2017 after the U.S. pay its dues to the WHO,president Trump voluntarily gave the World Health Organization an extra $401,000,000.
    In 01.31.2020 in order to minimise the catastrophe of covid-19 on the U.S.citizen.The head of WHO. calling our president racist, also telling the world “There is no evidence that the virus is transmitted from human to human.A big lie.
    Now he is hiding behind skin color.
    You can say what you want about Trump.This man is here for such a time like this.I am presently at work, and my co-workers singing the praises of. president D.T. he promised us money and we received. $1200.within 3 weeks.
    After Obama gave us Obama Care he said “Every house hold will receive $2500” I don’t know about you, but I am still waiting for it

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    • Compere Tigre
      April 15, 2020

      Maybe you haven’t got it because Obamacare was gutted. Further you should get your facts right. According to the director’s tweets, he related what China provided to the WHO. That does not mean what China told them was also their opinion.

      • J.John-Charles
        April 16, 2020

        Trump is a loving and caring man,he never said no more money for WHO.but because of their sloppiness,he is holding funds temporarily and find out why they allowed China to bring this disaster on the world and then he will give again. Maybe not the same amount.Trump is being blamed for the virus in the U.S.Is he to be blamed 4 the suffering and death all over the world because of China’s actions? I believe China is hated all over, but because of the help….. Do you expect skerrit to say anything bad about China?
        Any thing Trump is for,Democrats is against.And anything he is against,Democrats is for.
        On Tuesday at the press briefing the president played videos and let the press hear themselves what they were saying in January and what they are saying now.And they were embarrassed.

    • Lin clown
      April 16, 2020

      This J.John-Charles is a LIAR .EVERYBODY who does not have insurance in America will suffer.OBAMA made sure every poor person in AMERICA had some form of insurancr.MY CARD #600486 8714 2557 11071 ACCESS # 8714 2557 110 71.J.John-Charles is a FAKE and probably on FOOD STAMPS.BILL CLINTON and BARRACK OBAMA has done more for BLACK PEOPLE than any other PRESIDENT.It is TRUE,TRUMP reduced the unemployment rate.You should have listened to his debates before he became President.Guess you was not in the USA.J.John-Charles if you know so much about Trump,tell us who is PETER NAVARRO.For the very first time I would KISS,IBO and VIEWSEXPRESSED for their level of intelligence.YES,Obama left TRUMP a PANDEMIC MANUAL given to him by GEORGE BUSH,Obama gave it to TRUMP and TRUMP ignored it.Do not think the MAJORITY of Dominicans are fools,most have VISITED the USA.TRUMP IS A RACIST.

      • viewsexpressed
        April 17, 2020

        Whoooooaa Lin Clown, you are a thoughtful woman. I enjoyed reading your scripts, I will read again. Well said, well constructed and well presented. Thanks Much. Bless day!
        Please ignore J. John-Charles.

  13. JayJ
    April 15, 2020

    DNO editors,

    Many times, I read articles here and find myself more confused at the end than at the beginning. This article is no exception. The title states that the WHO remains silent. The last sentence states “At the time of publishing, the WHO secretary-general head responded to Trump’s announcement to withdraw funding from his organization.” If so, then what was his response, and doesn’t that mean that the WHO was not silent? (unless he responded in a personal capacity)

    I see many errors from spelling, to grammar, to downright conflicting and confusing statements, as well as a lack of clarity in many articles here. It’s happening consistently. I have resisted posting a comment like this but these errors are quite frustrating and hopefully this might catalyze an improvement in the publications here.

    I’m a Dominican living abroad hope that this serves as constructive criticism as what I really want is to see DNO improve the quality of its journalism, and hence attract…

    ADMIN:Thank you for your feedback. That last line was a typo it should have read “…had not responded…”. The line has been corrected.

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    • J.John-Charles
      April 17, 2020

      More on Clinton’s legacy on black people.
      You remember in the early 80s Dominica was flying high because of our green gold.before he became president, the ACP (African Caribbean and Pacific) countries had preferential treatment at the E.U market.Clinton took them to court before the W.T.O.and argued there should be an even playing field, no favor 4 blacks in Dominica and the poor Africans.The question is,can a farmer with 4 acres in bananas compete with a company with 600 acres on flat land in South America?
      So the E.U. was forced to comply.Remember Clinton is democrat.
      Same Clinton signed a bill while president and put 100s of 1000s of blacks in prison for minor offenses.
      For this one I will agree under him more blacks were incarcerated. Every president after him talk about Criminal Justice Reform.Trump came in and said this is not right to have 1000s of blacks in prison 4 minor offenses give them a second chance and RACIST Trump signed the bill,not Obama.thanku TRUMP.

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