Chairs Maloney and Lynch Urge Trump to Immediately Restore Funding to World Health Organization Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Apr 14, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. (Apr. 14, 2020)—Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, sent a letter to President Donald Trump after his decision this evening to suspend U.S. funding to the World Health Organization (WHO).

“While we may agree that the WHO has shortcomings that must be corrected, your attack on the global health organization can easily be seen as a deliberate but transparent effort to deflect responsibility for your own failures onto others,” the Chairs wrote.  “Meanwhile, your attempt to blame the WHO for trusting China reflects an astonishing level of hypocrisy given your own fawning and widely publicized praise of President Xi Jinping and his government for their handling of this crisis.”

“The provision of U.S. assistance should be determined by science, facts, and the best interests of the American people—not politics,” they continued.  “While the WHO may have made mistakes in its response to this crisis, it was certainly not alone, and it defies logic to withhold support from the WHO at this pivotal moment—at the height of a global pandemic—when promoting the health of nations around the world is essential to protecting our own population and rebuilding our own economy.”

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116th Congress