Washington (AFP)

Donald Trump threatened Tuesday to suspend the American contribution to the World Health Organization (WHO), denouncing his management of the coronavirus pandemic and an attitude in his eyes too favorable in Beijing.

"We will suspend (the payment) of sums intended for the WHO", declared the president of the United States at the time of his daily press conference from the White House.

A few minutes later, however, he backed out and said he only wanted to explore this possibility.

"I am not saying that I am going to do it but we are going to examine this possibility," he said.

"Everything seems very favorable to China, it is not acceptable," he said, without further details.

The Republican billionaire wrote a particularly virulent tweet against the organization on Tuesday morning.

"WHO has really crashed," he wrote. "Strangely, they are largely funded by the United States and yet very focused on China. We are going to take a closer look at the matter," he added.

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