Trump slaps around the World Health Organization and China

America's leftists are deeply enamored of the World Health Organization (WHO).  For example, YouTube, the second biggest internet site, announced that it would pull Wuhan virus videos running counter to the WHO's recommendations.  Not long after that, it pulled a popular video from a renowned scientist who disagreed with the WHO.

It will be interesting to see what these same leftists do now that President Trump has sent a scathing letter to Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (AKA Dr. Tedros) detailing the WHO's many deadly mistakes in connection with the Wuhan virus.  The same letter makes clear that these mistakes were not necessarily accidental.  Instead, they were made to advance Chinese interests by hiding from the world the gravity of the disease within China and China's signal lack of transparency.

The letter — which went out over Trump's signature — spells out 16 significant errors on the WHO's part.  The letter makes clear that these errors severely affected the world's ability to respond effectively to the Wuhan virus's spread.  Trump also explicitly calls out Dr. Tedros for his incompetence and unreasoning loyalty to China.

I've appended Trump's tweet, which includes the letter, at the bottom of this post.  Here are some highlights:

  • The World Health Organization has repeatedly made claims about the coronavirus that were either grossly inaccurate or misleading:
    • On January 14, 2020, the World Health Organization gratuitously reaffirmed China's now-debunked claim that the coronavirus could not be transmitted between humans, stating: "Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) identified in Wuhan, China." This assertion was in direct conflict with censored reports from Wuhan.
    • On January 21, 2020, President Xi Jinping of China reportedly pressured you not to declare the coronavirus outbreak an emergency. You gave in to this pressure the next day and told the world that the coronavirus did not pose a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Just over one week later, on January 30, 2020, overwhelming evidence to the contrary forced you to reverse course.
    • On January 28, 2020, after meeting with President Xi in Beijing, you praised the Chinese government for its "transparency" with respect to the coronavirus, announcing that China had set a "new standard for outbreak control" and "bought the world time." You did not mention that China had, by then, silenced or punished several doctors for speaking out about the virus and restricted Chinese institutions from publishing information about it.

[snip]

  • You also strongly praised China's strict domestic travel restrictions, but were inexplicably against my closing of the United States border, or the ban, with respect to people coming from China. I put the ban in place regardless of your wishes. Your political gamesmanship on this issue was deadly, as other governments, relying on your comments, delayed imposing life-saving restrictions on travel to and from China. Incredibly, on February 3, 2020, you reinforced your position, opining that because China was doing such a great job protecting the world from the virus, travel restrictions were "causing more harm than good." Yet by then the world knew that, before locking down Wuhan, Chinese authorities had allowed more than five million people to leave the city and that many of these people were bound for international destinations all over the world.

This is a scathing indictment.  In paragraph after paragraph, Trump establishes either that the WHO was grossly incompetent or that China has such control over Dr. Tedros that the WHO failed to serve its function as a clearinghouse for information that affects the world's health.

In a nice double-whammy, by indicting the WHO's conduct, Trump manages to expose China's negligent and intentional acts without engaging in a direct back-and-forth with President Xi.  It's a shrewd triangular negotiation with a destabilizing nation that needs to pay the price for creating a worldwide disaster and, once having done so, trying to profit from the chaos it created.

To cap it off, Trump directly insults Dr. Tedros.  He does so by reminding Tedros how well his predecessor, Director-General Harlem Brundtland, handled the SARS outbreak that also came from China.  Having rubbed Tedros's nose in his mess, Trump closes with an open threat: unless Tedros proves within 30 days that the WHO's mending its ways:

I will make my temporary freeze of United States funding to the World Health Organization permanent and reconsider our membership in the organization. I cannot allow American taxpayer dollars to continue to finance an organization that, in its present state, is so clearly not serving America's interests.

The facts compiled in the letter ought to make any American feel outrage at both the WHO and China.  However, the left's fealty to world government and China, when added to its hatred for Trump, means that, as expressed through the media, it will either (a) ignore the letter or (b) twist beyond recognition the facts in the letter, even though the same media reported on many of those facts.

America's leftists are deeply enamored of the World Health Organization (WHO).  For example, YouTube, the second biggest internet site, announced that it would pull Wuhan virus videos running counter to the WHO's recommendations.  Not long after that, it pulled a popular video from a renowned scientist who disagreed with the WHO.

It will be interesting to see what these same leftists do now that President Trump has sent a scathing letter to Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (AKA Dr. Tedros) detailing the WHO's many deadly mistakes in connection with the Wuhan virus.  The same letter makes clear that these mistakes were not necessarily accidental.  Instead, they were made to advance Chinese interests by hiding from the world the gravity of the disease within China and China's signal lack of transparency.

The letter — which went out over Trump's signature — spells out 16 significant errors on the WHO's part.  The letter makes clear that these errors severely affected the world's ability to respond effectively to the Wuhan virus's spread.  Trump also explicitly calls out Dr. Tedros for his incompetence and unreasoning loyalty to China.

I've appended Trump's tweet, which includes the letter, at the bottom of this post.  Here are some highlights:

  • The World Health Organization has repeatedly made claims about the coronavirus that were either grossly inaccurate or misleading:
    • On January 14, 2020, the World Health Organization gratuitously reaffirmed China's now-debunked claim that the coronavirus could not be transmitted between humans, stating: "Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) identified in Wuhan, China." This assertion was in direct conflict with censored reports from Wuhan.
    • On January 21, 2020, President Xi Jinping of China reportedly pressured you not to declare the coronavirus outbreak an emergency. You gave in to this pressure the next day and told the world that the coronavirus did not pose a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Just over one week later, on January 30, 2020, overwhelming evidence to the contrary forced you to reverse course.
    • On January 28, 2020, after meeting with President Xi in Beijing, you praised the Chinese government for its "transparency" with respect to the coronavirus, announcing that China had set a "new standard for outbreak control" and "bought the world time." You did not mention that China had, by then, silenced or punished several doctors for speaking out about the virus and restricted Chinese institutions from publishing information about it.

[snip]

  • You also strongly praised China's strict domestic travel restrictions, but were inexplicably against my closing of the United States border, or the ban, with respect to people coming from China. I put the ban in place regardless of your wishes. Your political gamesmanship on this issue was deadly, as other governments, relying on your comments, delayed imposing life-saving restrictions on travel to and from China. Incredibly, on February 3, 2020, you reinforced your position, opining that because China was doing such a great job protecting the world from the virus, travel restrictions were "causing more harm than good." Yet by then the world knew that, before locking down Wuhan, Chinese authorities had allowed more than five million people to leave the city and that many of these people were bound for international destinations all over the world.

This is a scathing indictment.  In paragraph after paragraph, Trump establishes either that the WHO was grossly incompetent or that China has such control over Dr. Tedros that the WHO failed to serve its function as a clearinghouse for information that affects the world's health.

In a nice double-whammy, by indicting the WHO's conduct, Trump manages to expose China's negligent and intentional acts without engaging in a direct back-and-forth with President Xi.  It's a shrewd triangular negotiation with a destabilizing nation that needs to pay the price for creating a worldwide disaster and, once having done so, trying to profit from the chaos it created.

To cap it off, Trump directly insults Dr. Tedros.  He does so by reminding Tedros how well his predecessor, Director-General Harlem Brundtland, handled the SARS outbreak that also came from China.  Having rubbed Tedros's nose in his mess, Trump closes with an open threat: unless Tedros proves within 30 days that the WHO's mending its ways:

I will make my temporary freeze of United States funding to the World Health Organization permanent and reconsider our membership in the organization. I cannot allow American taxpayer dollars to continue to finance an organization that, in its present state, is so clearly not serving America's interests.

The facts compiled in the letter ought to make any American feel outrage at both the WHO and China.  However, the left's fealty to world government and China, when added to its hatred for Trump, means that, as expressed through the media, it will either (a) ignore the letter or (b) twist beyond recognition the facts in the letter, even though the same media reported on many of those facts.