"When there are cracks at the national level and global level, that's when the virus succeeds".
Trump also complained that the Geneva-based worldwide organization is "very China-centric" and said the WHO was wrong to advise against the travel restrictions that he'd imposed against China in January.
Skeptics see a mercurial USA leader eager to find a new scapegoat for the COVID-19 disaster, but even some US supporters of the United Nations body agree that it made missteps as it took pains not to upset China.
Reacting to the comments generally late Wednesday, Tedros said this was not the time for the world to go down the line of finger pointing when a pandemic was wreaking havoc on citizens of the world. "This is what we did with every other hard hit country like Spain and had nothing to do with China specifically".
World Health Organization officials on Wednesday denied that the body was "China-centric" and said that the acute phase of a pandemic was not the time to cut funding, after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to put contributions on hold. "And honest management from the United States as well as China". "We will be giving that a good look", Trump said in a tweet on Tuesday night. More on Covid-19As of January 31, the USA still hasn't paid the dues for 2019 or for 2020, amounting to nearly $200 million. but not for much: The share of assessed contributions in WHO's annual budget has declined over the years, to the extent that they now constitute just 24%. He added that the organisation performs an after-action assessment when confronted with a new and serious public health concern like coronavirus.
"They called it wrong".
The president's fresh allegation comes after WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus cautioned against politicisation of COVID-19 and said that such a move will only result in "many more body bags".
Smith said the World Health Organization should have been "dogged" at a time that China was muzzling doctors including Li Wenliang, a COVID-19 whistleblower who later died of the disease.
"I think they have to get their priorities right", Trump said. 'They need them desperately, ' he said. So when he (the secretary-general, red.) says that we should not politicize, then it's him who politiserer. "Also, we're going to stop the cash spent on the WHO".
The United States contributed almost $900 million to the WHO's budget for 2018-2019, according to information on the agency's website. Like the Cold War, we have less problems compared to (the) Cold War, those who have differences should join hands to fight it.
At that time, smallpox was killing two million people each year and infecting 15 million annually.
The cozy relationship between China and the WHO has come under scrutiny in recent days as critics have accused the organization of becoming a paid mouthpiece for Beijing.
The organization has since denied its ties to China and appeared to accuse USA officials of politicizing the matter.
"Just like the United Nations, the World Health Organistion is a waste of space", Mr Smith said.
Trump said his administration is going to investigate the organization's dealings with communist China and observed that, "everything seems to be very biased toward China".
In late January, he said after the first cases of community spread were reported outside of China, the WHO "declared a public health emergency of global concern, our highest level of alarm".
"This isn't the one to make use of for politics".