5 thoughts on “We’re still allowed to consult Republican politicians, though

  1. Popeye says:

    President Trump threatened Monday to permanently halt U.S. funding to the World Health Organization and “reconsider” the country’s membership in the United Nations body if it does not “commit to major substantive improvements” within the next 30 days.
    The president did not specify what changes were needed for him to restore U.S. donations, the WHO’s largest single source of funding. https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/05/19/who-funding-trump/
    ‘The only way forward for WHO is…’: Full text of Trump’s letter to WHO chief (sent in a tweet @ 8:55 PM · May 18, 2020) https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/the-only-way-forward-for-the-who-is-full-text-of-trump-s-letter-to-who-chief-tedros-adhanom-ghebreyesus/story-MCee8MiYg9NYh7gPcYMGRO.html
    (08:00 GMT): China said the US was trying to shift the blame for Washington’s own mishandling of the COVID-19 crisis, responding to Trump’s letter threatening to permanently freeze funding to the WHO. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/05/trump-attacks-puppet-china-coronavirus-live-updates-200519000416527.html

    • 4therecord says:

      One of the top peer-reviewed medical journals in the world on Tuesday rebuked President Donald Trump after the president incorrectly cited research it published on the coronavirus outbreak in a letter threatening to permanently yank U.S. funding to the World Health Organization. https://www.politico.com/news/2020/05/19/trump-who-letter-error-267995
      The Lancet, a leading British medical journal that has been critical of the president’s ongoing WHO aid freeze, refuted Trump’s claim that the global health body “consistently ignored credible reports of the virus spreading in Wuhan in early December 2019 or even earlier, including reports from the Lancet medical journal.”
      “This statement is factually incorrect,” the Lancet said, noting it published “no report in December, 2019, referring to a virus or outbreak in Wuhan or anywhere else in China.”
      The first such reports published by the journal, the statement continued, were on Jan. 24, where two studies described the first 41 coronavirus patients from Wuhan, the inland Chinese city where the outbreak began, and detailed the first scientific evidence confirming person-to-person transmission of the new virus.
      The first study, the Lancet noted, was led by scientists and physicians who were all from “Chinese institutions” and who “worked with us to quickly make information about this new epidemic outbreak and the disease it caused fully and freely available to an international audience.”
      The second report “included scientists and physicians from Hong Kong and mainland China,” the Lancet statement said.
      “The allegations leveled against WHO in President Trump’s letter are serious and damaging to efforts to strengthen international cooperation to control this pandemic,” the Lancet said in its statement Tuesday. “It is essential that any review of the global response is based on a factually accurate account of what took place in December and January.”

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