President Donald Trump has halted funding to the World Health Organization until a review can be conducted of its pandemic response.
“It’s a 60- or 90-day halt. Most of the money’s already been given to the WHO that we’ve allocated,” U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Illinois) said Wednesday on “Chicago Tonight.” “But I do think there has to be some accountability.
“We know that basically at the end of December, for instance, Taiwan told the WHO that this has human-to-human transmission despite a week later, the WHO said they have no evidence of that. Using our money as leverage to get answers to what we need to do is one of the benefits of us being involved in these organizations. Long term, the WHO plays a very important role. But I think on the short term, using this as leverage to get answers to real questions that we have, I think is important and the right thing to do.”
“We need to be part of that institution,” U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Illinois) said Wednesday on “Chicago Tonight.” “I am just hoping that very soon we’re going to rejoin. But, for the president to point fingers at anyone right now is just shocking to me.”
The president has come under increasing fire for his own response to the virus.
On Wednesday, Trump said he will have more details Thursday about reopening the economy and will issue guidelines. Earlier this week, he said he has full control over the country reopening, not governors. He has since backed off that statement.
“The president’s already talking about opening the government at a time when we haven’t really done massive testing. We don’t know the scope of the problem that we have here,” added Schakowsky.
“I think each governor has to make a decision based on their state,” said Kinzinger. “I obviously don’t agree with what the president said on that.
“We need to reopen this economy as soon as we can, safely. Coronavirus is not going to go away until we get a vaccine which is going to be a while.”