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Wed Jul 8, 2020, 10:24 AM

Coronavirus: Biden Vows To Reverse Trump WHO Withdrawal

Source: BBC News

US Democratic challenger Joe Biden has said he will reverse President Donald Trump's move to withdraw from the World Health Organization (WHO) "on day one" if he wins November's election. Mr Trump formally began the pull out on Tuesday after signalling the move in May. He said the WHO was under China's control during the coronavirus crisis. The process could take at least a year.

Mr Trump currently trails Mr Biden in the race for president by a margin of more than 10 percentage points. Analysts have urged caution in interpreting the polls, but Mr Biden's lead is far greater than that of Mr Trump's 2016 opponent Hillary Clinton at the same point in the campaign. - Trump's claims against WHO fact-checked, - US-China battle over coronavirus, - Many voters are concerned by the administration's handling the pandemic and its economic fallout.

There have been almost three million confirmed cases of the virus in the US and more than 130,000 deaths, far more than in any other country. Meanwhile, tens of millions have lost their jobs. What did Mr Biden and others say? In a tweet on Tuesday evening, Mr Biden said the US was better off working within the international community on global health issues. "Americans are safer when America is engaged in strengthening global health," he said. "On my first day as President, I will rejoin the @WHO and restore our leadership on he world stage."

Democrats in Congress confirmed that the legislature had been notified of the president's decision. Robert Menendez, the leading Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote on Twitter: "Congress received notification that POTUS officially withdrew the US from the WHO in the midst of a pandemic. "It leaves Americans sick and America alone."...

Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-53332354



In April Trump first announced that he was going to halt US funding for the WHO unless it undertook "substantive improvements" within 30 days. In late May he said the US "will be terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization and directing those funds" to other global public health charities.

The president has repeatedly criticised China's early handling of the outbreak: "The world is now suffering as a result of the malfeasance of the Chinese government," he said, adding that China had "instigated a global pandemic". He accused China of pressurising the WHO to "mislead the world" about the virus, without giving evidence for his allegations. "China has total control over the World Health Organization," Trump said.

The consequences? The U.S. is the global health agency's largest single contributor, providing more than $400m in 2019, around 15% of its total budget. Germany, the UK and other nations have said they have no intention of withdrawing funding from the WHO, which is coordinating a global initiative to develop a vaccine against Covid-19.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 10:25 AM

1. Thanks, Joe

I knew you'd be on it.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 10:26 AM

2. Of Course.. that's what any sane President would

do. Biden wouldn't be taking orders from Putin.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 10:28 AM

3. Hold on, WHO. Keep our chair open and at the table. Help is on the way. nt

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Response to NCjack (Reply #3)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 10:30 AM

5. Absolutely, and way to Go Joe!

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Response to NCjack (Reply #3)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 10:38 AM

7. No worries, requirement is 1-year notice so withdrawal isn't till July 2021. US' WHO membership

is still in force till then. But of course President Biden will get rid of the nonsense this horrible administration has caused.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 10:28 AM

4. Joe is NO DUMMY!!

For Joe Biden knows that in order to combat this Virus, it is a WORLD effort.

Trumpers do not get it, but will when it infects them.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 10:34 AM

6. Trump has really stepped in quicksand with WHO and Corona-Back-to-School

Biden campaign sees opportunity, and runs with it! Go Joe!

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 10:49 AM

8. Good. Trump is an idiot for backing out of WHO in the face of

a global pandemic, which is NOT happening as a result of the malfeasance of the Chinese government, but as a result of the malfeasance of Trump for disbanding our pandemic response team, including the people we had in China.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 11:02 AM

9. We need a real leader to lead us through this mess!

Joe is that leader! Trump is definitely not, and anyone who votes Kanye is a fucking moron. Go Joe!

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 11:13 AM

10. Well, I've been calling my Republican US Senator and my Republican US Representative

every day about this stuff. I urge all of you to put them on speed dial. We have done that before, and we should pound at it now. Every day. Thousands of us.

Oh, I know my Senator has stopped answering his telephone in the DC office, my state's capitol and the second largest city in my state, but they still answer in the smaller offices, and I had a nice lady on the phone about 20 minutes talking serious economic policy. She got very frustrated.

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Response to PatrickforO (Reply #10)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 11:31 AM

11. +1 Good job, we need to step this up.

The 'Trio' gif photo is wild!

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 11:42 AM

12. Most likely Mr. Biden & Congress will spend most of their time reversing trump.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 11:58 AM

13. K&R

Go Joe.

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