US President Donald Trump continued to feud with the World Health Organization (WHO), accusing it of initially minimising the coronavirus outbreak and then siding with China in its response.
He also hit back on Wednesday at WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who earlier accused Trump of politicising the pandemic, a move he said would lead to “many more body bags”.
“They said more body bags … He [Tedros] would have been much better serving the people he’s supposed to serve if they gave a correct analysis. Everything was China-centric: ‘Everything is going to be fine, no human-to-human [transmission],'” said Trump.
“He wanted me to keep the borders open. I closed the border to spite him, it was a hard decision to make at the time. We made a decision against the World Health Organization.”
Trump noted China provides the WHO with more than $40m in funding, while the United States gives well above $400m.