May 19, 2020
President Donald Trump rejected an invitation to address a virtual gathering held by the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) on Monday and instead directed Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar to deliver a “blistering” speech criticizing the United Nations-backed agency’s failed handling to the Chinese coronavirus pandemic, according to a report.
The WHO extended an invitation earlier this month for Trump to speak at Monday’s virtual gathering of the World Health Assembly, according to two sources familiar with the situation.
He delivered his rejection to the WHO leadership through the U.S. Mission in Geneva, according to these sources.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar gave a blistering speech attacking the WHO. Azar said the WHO failed to obtain the information the world needed about COVID-19, “and that failure cost many lives.”
Azar reportedly continued: “We saw that WHO failed at its core mission of information-sharing and transparency when member states do not act in good faith. This cannot ever happen again. The status quo is intolerable. WHO must change and it must become far more transparent and far more accountable.”
This article was posted: Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 3:31 am