US stops funding World Health Organization as Trump admin conducts coronavirus review

President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the White House, Tuesday, April 14, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that the U.S. would halt funding for the World Health Organization while it assesses the group’s “role in severly mismanaging” the outbreak of coronavirus.

“Today I’m instructing my administration to halt funding of the World Health Organization while a review is conducted to assess the World Health Organization’s role in severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the coronavirus,” said Trump at a press conference.

Trump said, “one of the most dangerous and costly decisions from the WHO was its disastrous decision to oppose travel restrictions from China and other nations.”

On Jan. 31, the Trump administration announced the U.S. would halt admission of people who were in China 14 days prior to their attempt to enter the U.S. That restriction took effect Feb. 2. 

“Fortunately, I was not convinced and suspended travel from China saving untold numbers of lives,” he said.