Donald Trump has been downplaying the severity of the coronavirus outbreak, even using coronavirus briefings to laugh and joke about things only funny to him. Trump even threatened to cut off funding to the World Health Organization, trying to cast blame on W.H.O. for the failed relief efforts.
Now, W.H.O. Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is warning leaders like Trump against using the virus for political gain. This is what Tedros said:
“Please do not politicize this virus. If you want to be exploited and if you want to have many more body bags, then you do it. If you don’t want many more body bags, then you refrain from politicizing it.”
Tedros then urged nations to work together to combat the virus rather than turning to a nationalist approach. He said:
“Without unity, we assure you even any country that may have a better system will be in trouble and more crisis. That’s our message. Unity at the national level. No need to use COVID to score political points. No need. You have many other ways to prove yourselves.”
W.H.O. has been repeatedly targeted by the president, who said this about the org:
“They actually criticized and disagreed with my travel ban at the time I did it, and they were wrong. They’ve been wrong about a lot of things.
“They had a lot of information early, and they didn’t — they seemed to be very China-centric. We have to look into it.”