WHO Leader To Trump: Politicizing A Pandemic Will Lead To More "Body Bags"
After President Donald Trump threatened to cut off funding to the World Health Organization this week, the organization’s director-general warned world leaders against politicizing the coronavirus pandemic, according to The Hill.
WHO's Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told leaders the focus should be on saving lives and that political attacks would lead to “more body bags.”
“Please do not politicize this virus," he said, during a virtual press conference. "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 many more body bags, then you refrain from politicizing it.”
Globally, more than 1.4 million people have tested positive for the coronavirus, and more than 88,000 people have died from the disease.
Trump said on Tuesday that he would consider suspending U.S. contributions to WHO over its handling of the pandemic.
“They missed the call. They could have called it months earlier. They would have known, and they should have known, and they probably did know,” Trump said at the White House press briefing.
“We’re going to be looking into that very carefully, and we’re going to put a hold on money spent to the WHO,” he added. “We’re going to put a very powerful hold on it, and we’re going to see. It’s a great thing if it works, but when they call every shot wrong, that’s not good.”
He later said he would not put a pause in funding.