At least one senator thinks the Trump administration is right to call the WHO to task for not holding the Chinese Communist regime accountable for its part in the COVID-19 pandemic.
President Trump is threatening to slash the U.S. contribution to the World Health Organization (WHO) from an estimated $122.6 million to $57.9 million, saying the international body "missed the call" on the coronavirus pandemic.
As OneNewsNow previously reported, Trump says the WHO "called it wrong" on the virus. He has accused the organization of being "very China-centric" in its approach, suggesting that it had gone along with Beijing's efforts months ago to minimize the severity of the outbreak.
The WHO has praised China for its transparency on the virus, even with reason to believe that more people died of COVID-19 than the country's official tally shows.
During a recent appearance on the Fox News Channel, Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) said the World Health Organization has been "politicized."
"China has undertaken an effort over the last 15 years to sort of infiltrate and exert influence over international organizations at the U.N. and, of course, the World Health Organization," he said. "What you saw early on in this pandemic is they went to China and came out saying that China's doing a great job, that everything they're saying is true, and then condemning not just the U.S., but also condemning any country that considered bans on travel from or to China."
"And there's evidence the organization at its leadership level was politicized by Chinese influence and Chinese money," Sen. Rubio added.
The Florida senator has called for the resignation of the World Health Organization's director, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, for his conduct, including defending China's handling of the coronavirus outbreak.