A public policy think tank is commending President Donald Trump for withdrawing the United States from the World Health Organization.
President Trump announced May 29 he would follow through on a threat to withdraw from the United Nations agency after it bowed to China during the early days of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Trump froze U.S. funding to the WHO in April after pointing out the U.S. contributes $400 million, more than any other country, yet China appears to enjoy immense power over the agency and its leader, Tedros Ghebreysus.
National Center for Public Policy Research recently urged for such action in its "Beyond COVID-19” document that laid out a plan for moving forward without a U.S. partnership with the WHO.
David Ridenour, president of the National Center and author of “Beyond Covid-19,” says his organization has been urging the Trump administration to pull out of the WHO since Trump took office.
“We reiterated that in our blueprint,” he says, “but the reason is that the WHO, under the current leadership, cannot be depended upon for transparency. It cannot be depended upon for competency and it cannot be depended upon to spend money wisely."
An agency of the corrupt and bumbling United Nations, the WHO traces its beginnings to the 1940s and a worldwide mission to improve public health. It is operating with a $4.8 billion budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.
World governments rocked by the COVID-19 outbreak have blamed the WHO for blindly trusting China’s communist leaders for misleading the world as the virus spread late last year, even parroting China’s lie that the virus did not pose a person-to-person threat.
A blistering New York Post article described the WHO as China’s “handmaiden” for gullibly believing China when the country’s communist leaders are notorious for lying and covering up their misdeeds.
The current head of the WHO is director-general Tedros Ghebreysus, a native of Ethiopia and the first non-physician to lead the international agency.
Ridenour points out that Dr. Tedros is a longtime official from his own country’s Marxist government, and an online news story from April points out he served as Minister of Foreign Affairs at the same time the Ethiopian government was accused by the U.S. for human rights abuses against political opponents and their supporters, and journalists.
“The bottom line,” Ridenour says, “is that this guy has always put ideology above public health. This is a guy who is blinded by Marxist ideology."
According to the New York Post story, Tedros was suggested by Beijing for the director-general post and, three years later, praised China’s “transparency” during the early weeks of the coronavirus outbreak.
Pro-lifers vs WHO
The world has learned more about the World Health Organization in recent months, especially its ties to communist-run China, but pro-life groups are well aware of the WHO and its support for abortion.
“WHO treats abortion as a necessary health service,” says Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., who leads the Ruth Institute. “Thus it considers restrictions on abortion as a denial of health care.”
Morse says the WHO recently pushed a document that called abortion a human right, and the Trump administration refused to endorse it. So Morse and the Ruth Institute are grateful, she says, to witness President Trump refuse to fund the UN agency in the future.
Stefana Gennarini of the Center for Family and Human Rights, a UN watchdog, tells OneNewsNow that Kelly Craft, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, recently blocked humanitarian assistance that sneakily promoted abortion while promising help for COVID-19.
“Of course, abortion is not a respiratory issue,” he complains. “It’s not essential health care by any stretch of the imagination.”
Editor's Note: This story has been updated with comments from Dr. Jennifer Morse and Stefana Gennarini.