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Let's Stop Funding Chinese Assets, Especially the World Health Organization

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), speaks to the media after the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on Ebola in Congo, in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. The World Health Organization says it is “deeply concerned” by the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Congo but the situation does not yet warrant being declared a global emergency. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), speaks to the media after the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on Ebola in Congo, in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. The World Health Organization says it is “deeply concerned” by the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Congo but the situation does not yet warrant being declared a global emergency. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)

The World Health Organization receives a whopping $300 million from the United States. It’s a massive amount of taxpayer money handed over to the organization for the purposes of helping keep us and the rest of the world safe from deadly diseases, viruses, and the like. The U.S.’s contribution to this cause is, by far, the largest out of any country.

So, it’s really strange that the WHO’s primary goal is to serve China.

During this outbreak of the Wuhan coronavirus, the WHO has worked overtime to make it seem like China isn’t just always right about whatever they say, they also make sure to try to sell the idea that China is in the right.

This includes telling everyone that Chinese doctors found that COVID-19 wasn’t capable of human-to-human transmission. They stood by China’s claim despite evidence to the contrary already available.

After the viral cat was out of the bag, the WHO continued to lick China’s boots with its Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus singing China’s praises as the Daily Caller detailed:

“China has done many good things to slow down the virus,” Tedros said. “The whole world can judge. There is no spinning here.”

In addition to its apparent failure to press the Chinese government on the lack of cooperation and refusal to provide all available data, the WHO gave Beijing an assist in pushing back against American outlets — and even President Donald Trump — claiming that it was “racist” to comment about the virus’ origin.

You read that right. The WHO seemed to believe that the real threat was racism and xenophobia toward China, and launched a campaign to make it seem that referring to the virus by its place of origin was an act of hate.

Funny enough, this campaign fell right in with the media’s attempt to make Trump and Republicans seem like racists for referring to COVID-19 as the Chinese virus. It became clear that the WHO had a side, and it wasn’t ours.

As Tucker Carlson highlighted, the WHO is so obedient to China that it won’t even allow Taiwan to be a member, nor give them observer status. An interviewer from Hong Kong attempted to ask the WHO’s deputy director about Taiwan’s status. At first, he pretended not to hear the question, suggested they move on, and then once the question was repeated, abruptly hung up the call. When reached out to again, the deputy director made it clear that they’d already discussed China, despite the fact that the Hong Kong reporter was asking specifically about Taiwan, an independent country that China claims it owns.

It was also the WHO who suggested to the globe that shutting down travel to China was unnecessary and that everything was under control. Luckily, Trump didn’t take the advice of the WHO, nor did many other countries including Vietnam, Australia, and Israel. In response, the WHO demanded countries provide “public health rationale and justification within 48 hours” of any country who closed off its borders to China.

(READ: World Health Organization Urges Countries Not to “Discriminate” Due to Coronavirus Outbreak)

It sat very oddly to me that an organization whose primary task is to oversee the health of the globe would not only urge travel to and from a country that was clearly in the muck of a highly contagious virus but that it would also demand justification from any country not wanting to take the chance.

It’s a moment that Trump remembers, and tweeted about very recently along with the idea that perhaps it’s time to defund the WHO.

“The W.H.O. really blew it. For some reason, funded largely by the United States, yet very China centric. We will be giving that a good look,” he wrote, “Fortunately I rejected their advice on keeping our borders open to China early on. Why did they give us such a faulty recommendation?”

And Trump is correct. Even if the WHO wasn’t subservient to our communist enemies, it still failed the world it was supposed to help protect in a very deadly way. If it will not do its job, then it shouldn’t be paid.

However, it’s clear that it is subservient to our communist enemies, and if that’s the case, then it can be funded by them. The United States should not be giving money to an organization that works for the interests of people diametrically opposed to us.

If the WHO wishes to stay in the good graces of the United States and other countries, then it should be required that its current leadership step down.