Fauci on WHO Backlash: ‘I Prefer Not to Get Involved’
'The interaction between the WHO is something I really prefer not to get involved with'
As the World Health Organization faces growing criticism of aiding communist China's propaganda campaign during the coronavirus epidemic, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Anthony Fauci sidestepped the backlash saying he'd prefer not to get involved.
During Wednesday on Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom,” Fauci was asked by Host Ed Henry:
“Dr. Fauci, as you know, the president is very upset with the World Health Organization, and things have been too soft on China, some of their predictions were too far off. He wants to freeze U.S. funding to the World Health Organization. do you agree?”
“To be honest with you, I can’t get involved in that kind of discussion. I just need to focus on what my job is to see what we can do in this country and globally to put an end to this.”
“The interaction between the WHO is something I really prefer not to get involved with.”
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump suggested he may consider cutting funding for the World Health Organization due to its handling of the coronavirus crisis.
“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. Fortunately I rejected their advice on keeping our borders open to China early on. Why did they give us such a faulty recommendation?”
WHO Director Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is also facing calls to resign from American politicians and others around the world over criticism that his organization failed to respond appropriately to the coronavirus.
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. Fortunately I rejected their advice on keeping our borders open to China early on. Why did they give us such a faulty recommendation?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 7, 2020
A resolution was introduced last month in the House and Senate that called on WHO Director Dr. Tedros to retract “highly misleading statements of support for the response of the Government of the People’s Republic of China.”
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) also slammed the World Health Organization (WHO), declaring that the international group will get "no more money" from America over their handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
"And the next appropriations bill, there's not going to be any money for the WHO," Graham revealed
"I'm in charge of the appropriations subcommittee," Graham continued.
"I'm not going to support funding the WHO under its current leadership."
"They've been deceptive. They've been slow, and they've been Chinese apologists."