Coronavirus Outbreak: U.S. Democrats back 'scapegoat' WHO, as Trump's administration keeps on attacking

Coronavirus Outbreak: U.S. Democrats back 'scapegoat' WHO, as Trump's administration keeps on attacking


The United States House of Representatives Democrats blamed the Trump's government of attempting to divert the World Health Organization from handling the coronavirus epidemic by "scapegoat" and urged the U.N. Health body to restore funding immediately.

The Republican President Donald Trump's letter was dated Wednesday, the same day Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News the U.S. would never restore funds to the World Health Organization.

“This policy is profoundly misguided and appears to be an effort to scapegoat the WHO in order to deflect attention from your administration’s mismanaged and politicized response to the pandemic,” said the letter, presided by House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman, Eliot Engel, and signed by all 26 of the panel’s Democratic members.

Both Democrats and some of his fellow Republicans have questioned President Trump's handling of the pandemic.   State governors from both parties also sought further help in shortening their budgets and supplying supplies to overloaded facilities and hospitals. 

The new coronavirus epidemic started in China in late last year. The disease has infected more than 180,000 people worldwide according to a Reuters report. With almost 48,000 dead, the U.S. is by official estimates the worst-hit country. 

The United States has become the WHO's biggest global donor, investing more than $400 million in 2019, around 15 per cent of its budget.

The United States Congress monitors government spending and may pass legislation to ensure that The funding is assured. To become statute, however, it will need to gain more support, even from Trump's Republicans, not only to pass but to circumvent a likely veto.