Trump says the U.S. will cut ties with World Health Organization - (CNBC via NewsPoints Desk)

  • US President Donald Trump announced on Friday that the country will cut ties with the World Health Organisation, CNBC reported.

  • "China has total control over the World Health Organisation despite only paying $40 million per year compared to what the US has been paying, which is approximately $450 million a year," Trump said.

  • "The world needs answers from China on the virus. We must have transparency," said Trump, who has claimed the WHO is "China-centric" and blames the agency for advising against China travel bans early in the outbreak.

  • WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said that the agency declared COVID-19 a global health emergency on January 30, when there were only 82 cases outside of China and zero deaths, adding that "the world had enough time to intervene."

  • Trump recently said that if the WHO "does not commit to major substantive improvements within the next 30 days, I will make my temporary freeze of US funding to the WHO permanent and reconsider our membership in the organisation."

  • On Friday, Trump said the WHO "failed to make the requested greatly needed reform."

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