A day after bragging about the absolute nature of his power, Donald Trump has threatened to defund the World Health Organisation, believing they’ve been lying to us all along.
A day after what CNN called “one of the most unchained presidential tantrums ever captured on television“, Donald Trump has cast the rest of his toys beyond the borders of his cot, promising to cut funding to the World Health Organisation because he feel they’ve been misrepresenting themselves and the finer points of the coronavirus.
“Today I’m instructing my administration to stop funding of the WHO while a review is conducted to assess the WHO’s role in severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the Coronavirus,” the president said.
The WHO has become a frequent scapegoat recently. Today he said the organisation has “problems the likes of which no one can believe.”
However, if we are to review the tape, it certainly comes nowhere near this, because of course it doesn’t. Nevertheless, the Donald has accused the organisation of “severely mismanaging and covering up” the crisis.
The original seed of this now verdant forest of nonsense is a January tweet (which Trump has referenced) one that noted “that a preliminary investigation by Chinese officials found no evidence of human-to-human transmission”.
Wind the clock forward to the end of that month and the organisation declared coronavirus a “public health emergency”. In early March, they declared the virus a pandemic after many countries (including the United States) failed to listen to their advice. The brilliantly-named director-general of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus spoke of “alarming levels of inaction” from many countries.
Alongside the extraordinary claims that his power was absolute, Trump also lashed out at the media for not congratulating him enough, stating that “everything we did was right”.
The reaction of the United States has oscillated between denial and insanity. Trump famously likened the virus to the flu (of which he didn’t previously know how fatal the average flu is) before labelling it a “hoax”. In fact, by the time that Trump announced tougher travel restrictions to and from China, most airlines had already suspended flights. In February, he predicted that the number of cases in the country (which was fifteen at the time) would drop down to zero quickly.
At the time of writing, 610,097 cases of COVID-19 exist with the borders of liberty, with the death toll at 25,469.
Which brings us to where we came in. Yesterday. Alongside the extraordinary claims that his power was absolute, Trump also lashed out at the media for not congratulating him enough, stating that “everything we did was right”.