Trump talks tough on WHO but now is time for action

US president needs to follow up strong words with decisive action and investigate the international health body

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/05/23
By: David Spencer, Taiwan News, Contributing Writer

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KAOHSIUNG (Taiwan News) – U.S. President Donald Trump's handling of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak has been something of a mixed bag.

Domestically, his administration has succeeded in redefining the word "farcical." From advocating the drinking of bleach to backing protesters demanding an end to social distancing, he has managed to get just about every call wrong.

In stark contrast, his handling of the pandemic on an international level has been fairly consistent and, most importantly, right. He has condemned the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) repeatedly for its role in covering up the virus and helping it to spread around the world.

He has attacked the World Health Organization (WHO) for its ongoing and baffling support of the CCP and even temporarily pulled U.S. funding from the organization until it succeeds in getting its house in order. Meanwhile, numerous U.S. officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have openly congratulated Taiwan for its effective handling of the outbreak and called for the nation to take its rightful place at the World Health Assembly (WHA) table.


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