The United States is withdrawing from the World Health Organization, a group President Trump has relentlessly criticized for its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Congress received notification that POTUS officially withdrew the U.S. from the @WHO in the midst of a pandemic,” U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey said on Twitter. “To call Trump’s response to COVID chaotic & incoherent doesn't do it justice. This won't protect American lives or interests—it leaves Americans sick & America alone.”
Trump earlier said he was going to withdraw because the WHO mismanaged the coronavirus across the globe, especially in China. He also complained that the United States was the single biggest financial supporter of the WHO, which he said showed a bias toward China.
Health experts and other US politicians have said losing US financial support would damage the WHO’s ability to operate during the global coronavirus pandemic.
The Washington Post reported that notification came in a letter from the administration to United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres. The Wall Street Journal also reported the withdrawal citing an unnamed White House official. The withdrawal is effective on July 6, 2020, the Journal said.
The New York Times said the United States was required by law to give one year’s notice of plans to withdraw.