April 08, 2020

On China and the World Health Organisation, Donald Trump wants to have it both ways

Featuring Kristine Lee

Source: New Statesman

Journalist Emily Tamkin

On 7 April, amid a global pandemic, Donald Trump returned to familiar territory: bashing China and an international institution. “The WHO really blew it,” the US president tweeted, referring to the World Health Organisation. “For some reason, funded largely by the United States, yet very China-centric. We will be giving that a good look. Fortunately I rejected their advice on keeping our borders open to China early on. Why did they give us such a faulty recommendation?”

That evening, at his press briefing, Trump announced that the US would cut funding to the organisation, before backtracking and claiming that he said only that he would look at holding funding to the WHO, which, he said, has historically been biased toward China.

Read the full article and more in the New Statesman.

Authors

  • Kristine Lee

    Associate Fellow, Asia-Pacific Security Program

    Kristine Lee is an Associate Fellow with the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), where she focuses on U.S. alliances and partnershi...