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Trump was correct to cut off WHO funding

Trump was correct to cut off WHO funding

The criticism of President Trump’s funding cut to the World Health Organization (WHO) is both wrong and hypocritical.   This is another example of where Trump-hatred trumps objectivity and common sense.

There seems to be a level of bipartisan agreement that the WHO is acting badly and needs reform — and a change in leadership.  So sayeth the Democrat leaders and the folks on CNN and MSNBC.  But rather than seeing Trump’s action as a step in the right direction, the left must find some way to find fault – to maintain their uncompromised anti-Trump narratives.

Keep in mind that these are the folks who say that Trump should never be legitimatized – meaning never a positive word no matter how correct Trump may be at any given time. WHO funding is a perfect example of that malignant approach.

WHO revealed their anti-American bias in terms of the COVID-19 outbreak. In short, the health organization allowed China to get away with a propaganda campaign regarding the source and impact of the virus.  In fact, WHO highly praised China for its handling of the outbreak – including its refusal to allow American professionals into the country to assess the problem and help mitigate it.

In fact, the early optimism by Trump and such experts as Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx was arguably the result of WHO misinformation – and yes, both those eminent professionals shared Trump’s early optimism.  You can find their statements on various videos.  In fact, you could argue that the President – at the time – was taking the advice of the medical community.

Had WHO pushed back on China – instead of acquiescing – the spread and severity of the virus may have been more limited.

For Trump, that was the straw to break the camel’s back.  He announced that he was ordering a TEMPORARY withholding of the $500 million that Uncle Sam shells out to the international organization.  Comparatively, China – which is the big beneficiary of WHO policies – kicks in a piddling $38 million.  I emphasized “temporary” because the press makes it sound like it was a permanent cut – a complete withdrawal.

What Trump did was put a temporary hold on the U.S. contribution while the administration would conduct an investigation – and propose corrective measures.  Presumably, any restoration of funding would require the replacement of the top echelon of the WHO – specifically Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

While Democrats, the left and their media allies all agree that WHO is badly flawed and in need of reform, they spin the funding hold against Trump by saying this was not the right time to take such action.  That is typical Washington establishment modus operandi—call for needed action and then do nothing about it.  You will recall how well that turned out with the North Korea nuclear issue, the effort to get NATO nations to put in their fair share of the budget and demands that China disengage from unfair trade practices.  The left all agreed with the objectives.  They just did not like him taking real action.  After years of failed diddling, the left goes bonkers when Trump acts.

While criticizing WHO on one hand, the left praises the organization’s general humanitarian work – and claims that WHO’s problems should be left to another day.  The fact that the funding pause deals with future funds – and has no meaningful impact on current operations – is ignored by the Trump critics.

The difference is not difficult to understand.  The left sees themselves as internationalists with a global view – with America only as one player. That is why they seem to be so critical of America at every opportunity.  They are unwilling to ever upset the world order — which they crafted and in which they live.  Trump sees his primary obligations to the national interests of the United States – and therein lies the conflict.

It seems that the left pays lip-service to America as a world leader but is reluctant to actually lead.  The WHO controversy is just the latest example.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. Tom Oakley

    We have to disband the democrat party,communist traitors

  2. TCT

    WHO – is running that organization?
    They are – or were – funded by all.
    They should protect all.
    They failed. WHO is a good idea. But run by people protecting their incomes.
    Cut them off.

  3. Lisa

    WHO gives the same information to all countries therefore all countries should pay equally. If its going to be China’s puppet then let them pay. We should have our own then. I’m tired of the US paying more than anyone else. Democrats don’t care it’s us hard working people who suffer. Some can barely provide food and electricity. Many seniors have to choose between medicine and food yet the democrats just think we should fork over 500 million to them so they can lie for China. Trump is 100% right. The left is just mad that once again Trump showed them up.

  4. Deb

    Pres Trump should use the money he is holding from the WHO to cover some of the costs from stimulus packages. Pres Trump should also zero out the balance of the debt we owe China to also cover the debt that they, China, caused.

  5. Larry Myer

    Cut them off, spend it on us Veterans.

  6. Beach

    WHO hid the truth from the world and aided china in hiding it. Allowing china to close off all their country why allowing citizens in Wuhan to get on planes and infect the world!!
    Thank goodness President Trump shut the US boarders to incoming travel of Chinese citizens when he did (WHO called it unnecessary of raciest, knowing that China was buying up all medical equipment and supplies they could get their hands on a stock piling it).
    No more US dollars to WHO, China or Dr. Fauci-he funneled millions of taxpayer dollars to the Wuhan lab
    TRUMP 2020…

  7. Michyle Glen

    The Biggest Problem with the UN and it’s sub-programs is that No One Know’s Who They Are Working For.
    Originally the UN was like the League of Nations, a place to communicate and work together on ideas. Today it’s an incredibly large, and complex organization that no one knows who owe’s allegiance to who. The newest example is WHO, did they know about the Corona-Virus and kept quiet to please China?
    Was there bribe’s and kickbacks to leaders of UN organizations?
    Who is really benefiting from UN organizations?
    Finally: How many countries are true allies and how many are “Friendly” as long as the United States Pay??

    These are questions that Need to Be Answered!!