Trump Threatens to Withhold Funding for WHO: NYT

Critics have blasted Donald Trump’s delay in recognizing COVID-19 as a crisis and failing to implement strong public health measures early on. In a press conference, he directed a similar charge against the World Health Organization and raised the threat of withholding US funding from the global group. The US contribution represents about 10 percent of the WHO budget. “They called it wrong,” the US president charged. “They really, they missed the call.” Michael Shear reported on the daily briefing for the New York Times: “Public health experts have said the president’s public denials of the virus’s dangers slowed the American response, which included delayed testing and a failure to stockpile protective gear.” Trump, eager to deflect blame, described WHO as “China-centric” and criticized the organization for rejecting US travel restrictions as a solution. Abrupt announcements led to panic and crowds at airports in the US and other nations. The organization repeatedly issued warnings about the new coronavirus including human-to-human spread, the global risks and more – as YaleGlobal reported starting January 10. Trump may blame China and WHO, but that does not explain why confirmed US cases are 15 times those in China and continue to climb. Nor does that explain how slashing WHO’s budget during a pandemic might help with early warnings. Public health experts warn that COVID-19 won’t be the last disease to strike. – YaleGlobal

Trump Threatens to Withhold Funding for WHO: NYT

Trump, criticized for delayed testing or strong public health response on COVID-19 crisis, turns that criticism on WHO and threatens funding
Michael D. Shear
Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Read the article from the New York Times about the US president criticizing the World Health Organization for the COVID-19 response.

Michael D. Shear is a White House correspondent. Emily Cochrane contributed reporting from Washington, and Rick Gladstone from New York.

WHO Assessed contributions 2020 (millions) US	$115.70  China	$57.40  Japan	$40.90  Germany	$29.10  UK	$21.80  Others	$228.00

Membership contributions: Many WHO members have not paid for the year; the World Health Organization has led on numerous global health challenges: eradicating polio and other contagious diseases, increasing vaccination rates, strengthening regulatory capacity, advising on emergency preparedness, research and more (Source: WHO)

Read about the World Health Organization and how promoting health and preventing disease in one country helps the entire world.

 -	Takes credit for successes, blames others for problems -	Impulsive and avoids planning -	Rejects reality of problem and tough solutions -	Defies logic -	Depends on others’ ideas  -	Refuses to take responsibility -	Assigns fault to everyone but one’s self -	Depends on stereotypes and bias -	Unproductive and waste of resources -	Triggers high staff turnover -	Fails to learn from mistakes -	Erodes workplace and public trust

(Source: Gordon Tredgold, Inc.)

Writing for Forbes, Mark Murphy describes the constant tendency to blame others as unhealthy, aggressive, attacking and unproductive. Strong leaders focus on solutions and accountability rather than blame: “When someone blames, they’re basically trying to shift attention away from themselves.”  

Writing for Inc., Gordon Tredgold explains that poor leaders focus on blame rather than solutions, refusing to take responsibility, and he suggests that harmful attitudes are permeating society: “Unfortunately, this whole idea of blaming others instead of being accountable has become part of our culture. It’s everywhere. It’s in individuals, families, celebrities, athletes, the government, and it’s very much alive in businesses.”

YaleGlobal has published more than 75 articles warning about COVID-19 and providing advice since January 10, 2020, starting with WHO’s posting of the genetic sequence for the virus.

See YaleGlobal’s special section on COVID-19.

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