Cuomo Backs Trump on WHO: They Have Some Explaining to Do
New York Governor Calls out World Health Organization
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has sided with President Donald Trump on the notion that the World Health Organization should be questioned regarding their initial response to COVID-19 pandemic.
“Where were the warning signs? Who was supposed to blow the whistle?” Cuomo asked.
“The president has asked this question, and I think he’s right," he added.
"The president’s answer is the World Health Organization should have been blowing the whistle.”
“I don’t know enough to know if that’s right or wrong, but I know the question is right, and sometimes the question is more important than the answer.”
Cuomo joins a growing number of people who are now calling out WHO’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Gov. Cuomo says President Trump was right to question the WHO on pandemic warning signs.— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 10, 2020
“Where were the horns that should've been triggered? Where were the warning signs? Who should have blown the whistle?"https://t.co/bKscVoXyoK pic.twitter.com/xVthk55uJJ
Last week, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) blasted the World Health Organization (WHO), declaring that the international group will get "no more money" from America.
Sen. Graham blasted the WHO's leadership during an interview with Fox News's on "The Story with Martha MacCallum" on Tuesday.
Graham told host MacCallum that the WHO should not receive funding from the United States under its current leadership.
The South Carolina senator said he blames China for the deadly COVID-19 pandemic and the WHO for covering for the communist country.
Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel #coronavirus (2019-nCoV) identified in #Wuhan, #China🇨🇳. pic.twitter.com/Fnl5P877VG— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) January 14, 2020
The WHO has been come under scrutiny for information it tweeted about “preliminary” findings from Chinese authorities, which downplayed the virus.
The January tweet said that Chinese authorities found “no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission” of COVID-19.
“How did this happen? I mean, I still want to know how this happened because the warning signs were there and if you don’t know the answer, then how do you know it’s not going to happen again,” Cuomo said.
“Where were the international experts saying, ‘Well, if this is happening there, this is what we should expect to happen in the United States or prepare to happen in the United States,'” Cuomo added.
Last week, Trump suggested he may consider cutting funding for the World Health Organization due to its handling of the coronavirus crisis, along with its alleged role in supporting China's propaganda.
“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?”