In the real world, when someone doesn't do their job, you fire them. So when the World Health Organization (WHO), whose job it is to "guard the public health," fails, it's time to take a long hard look at the billions of dollars America is paying them. It's their job to sound the alarm on outbreaks like the coronavirus. And when they don't, and tens of thousands of people pay for it with their lives, President Trump is right to step back from the hefty investment America's been making.
Not only did the WHO help China cover-up the widescale disaster of the virus, it also lashed out at countries trying to do their best -- early on -- to avoid it. Despite decades of China's misinformation campaigns and propaganda, the U.N. health arm threw its lot in with the regime -- openly lobbying against other countries' travel bans and restrictions. It put "political correctness over lifesaving measures," President Trump said earlier this week when he announced that the U.S. would be cutting funding to the organization. "So much death has been caused by their mistakes," he shook his head. And America will be launching an investigation to see why.
Predictably, liberals lashed out at the president, insisting that we need the WHO umbrella to protect the world from threats like this. (No doubt they also love the fact that the organization is a very vocal promoter of international abortion.) But, as Secretary Mike Pompeo pointed out, we also need transparency. "And we need the World Health Organization to do its job, to perform its primary function, which is to make sure that the world has accurate, timely, effective, real information about what's going on in the global health space. And they didn't get that done here."
This is an entity, he reminded people that "declined to call this a pandemic for an awfully long time, because, frankly, the Chinese Communist Party didn't want that to happen. We need a health organization that's going to deliver good outcomes for the world, and not do the bidding of any single country... We didn't get it. And the world didn't get that."
In his opinion -- and in so many others' -- the president's decision is "absolutely the right call." Senators Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) have both been on "Washington Watch" clamoring for someone to hold the WHO accountable. "Beijing's influence [in the organization] should be rooted out," Cotton insisted. "Instead of fighting the virus to save its citizens, the Chinese Communist Party fought a PR battle to save its own skin while enlisting its cronies at the World Health Organization to toe the Party line. That has to stop, Gordon Chang agreed, or else the WHO is just a powerful Chinese accomplice that nations like America keep funding.