US President Donald Trump threatened Monday to freeze US funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) indefinitely if it did not commit to "noticeable improvements" within 30 days. The United States, the largest contributor to the WHO budget, suspended funding for the UN agency in mid-April. 

"If the WHO does not commit to significant improvements within 30 days, I will transform the temporary suspension of funding to WHO into a permanent measure and reconsider our membership in the organization" , Donald Trump tweeted Monday and posting photos of a letter to WHO boss Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

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In the letter, the American president lists examples of what he considers to be WHO errors in his management of the coronavirus pandemic, in particular by ignoring the first reports on the emergence of the virus and by being too close and forgiving with China.

"The only way for WHO to follow is to be able to prove its independence from China"

"It is clear that the repeated mistakes you and your organization have made in responding to the pandemic have cost the world extremely dear. The only way forward for the World Health Organization is to be able to prove its independence from - from China ", he adds in his letter.


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Earlier, Donald Trump had launched from the White House: "I am not happy with the World Health Organization", and "they are a puppet of China". Washington, the agency's first donor, had suspended funding for WHO in mid-April, accusing it of being too close to Beijing and of mismanaging the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier this Monday, at the organization's world assembly, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus reiterated that she had sounded the alarm "quickly" and "often", and that he would launch an "independent" investigation into the response to the pandemic of the UN agency and its member states "as soon as possible at the appropriate time".