President Donald Trump Wednesday termed the World Health Organization “literally a pipe organ for China” and said the United States will soon come out with its recommendations on the global body, followed by one on Beijing.
“They misled us,” he said of the WHO on the coronavirus outbreak.
Earlier in April, Trump froze payments of close to $500m to the WHO, accusing the health body of working with China to cover up the spread of the virus.
A Wednesday morning report revealed that the White House ordered intelligence investigations into whether China initially downplayed and hid the emerging of COVID-19, a disease that has affected 3,207,285 worldwide while 227,369 deaths have been recorded .
‘It’s coming in and I’m getting pieces already,’ Trump said of the investigations by the NSA, CIA and the Defense Intelligence Agency. ‘And we’re not happy about it.’
‘We are by far the largest contributor to WHO – world health. And they misled us,’ he said, confirming he feels WHO also lied about what they knew early on about the virus. ‘I don’t know – they must have known more than they knew.’
‘We knew things that they didn’t know – either they didn’t know or they didn’t tell us,’ he continued. ‘Right now they’re literally a pipe organ for China. That’s the way I view it. So, we’re seeing and we’re looking and we’re watching.’
‘Again we give $500 million – we have over the years – from $400-$500 for a long time, for many years. And China is giving $38 million, and yet they seem to work for China,’ he lamented.
Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic, Trump and other world leaders have blasted China for its lack of transparency and for hiding the true number of coronavirus cases in China.