Trump Announces He Will Defund World Health Organization Bureaucracy - But It’s Not Permanent

P. Gardner Goldsmith | April 16, 2020
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Even as more Americans awaken to defend the Constitutional limits and barriers against the growth of the federal government, even as people worldwide recognize the accusations that tax-sucking members of the United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO) ignored important Wuhan coronavirus threats and relied on the corrupt communist Chinese government to feed them so-called “statistics”, and even as the American economy bends beneath the weight of massive supply-chain breaks and political attacks on liberty, President Donald Trump has taken a half-measure many had hoped he might.

As the BBC notes, President Trump told reporters on April 14:

Today I am instructing my Administration to halt funding of the World Health Organization while a review is conducted to assess the World Health Organization’s role in severely mismanaging and covering-up the spread of the coronavirus.

And Trump offered some alarming financial numbers that give people an idea of the heavy burden the WHO represents to US taxpayers and the US economy where that cash could be invested to better individual lives.

American taxpayers provide between $400 million and $500 million per year to the WHO. In contrast, China contributes roughly $40 million per year, or less.

Thanks for “volunteering”, fellow American taxpayers.

Of course, we all know, it’s not voluntary.

The US has been the top-funder of both the United Nations and its 1948 creation, the WHO, since day one, yet, in addition to US taxpayers having no choice in the matter, there’s no provision in the US Constitution to allow the politicians to send either international bureaucracy a penny.

Meanwhile, after decades and enough Dollars to stack from the Earth to the Moon (as Forbes notes, the US government shifted $3.5 billion  from taxpayers to the WHO between 2010 and 2020), we’re faced with not only stories of incompetence, but dark accusations of corruption at the highest level.

As I explored April 3 for MRCTV, WHO Director General, Tedros Adhamon Ghebreyesus, has been stalked by multiple accusations of corruption, from using “Ebola Fight” cash to help pay for a girlfriend’s plane fare, to his allegedly being a top member of the Ethiopian Communist Party, to accusations that he was involved with a vast cover-up of data associated with a 2017 cholera epidemic in Ethiopia and Sudan.

So Bill Gates's pop media hand-wringing over Trump’s move certainly rings shallow in every regard.

But Mr. Trump is only making this “bold move” for a brief period. His ban on funding will, he says, last only up to 90 days.

But that’s 90 days more than what Americans have had, and gives us an opportunity to spread the word about the unprincipled and wasteful activity of the WHO, not to mention to explore with others whether the Founders would have raised their fists in anger over such massive money shifting they never intended the US government to do.

As we keep tabs on our health, jobs, and principles, it’s nice to see that Trump has given us a lever to tell others about the problem of the WHO, and hope for its total disconnection from taxpayer cash.