WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - President Trump's formal departure from the World Health Organization (WHO) is being lauded by Republicans and other conservatives but deplored by left-leaning Democrats.
The Trump administration filed an official notice on Tuesday with the United Nations (U.N.) agency and with Congress, declaring its intention to permanently withdraw from WHO. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the State Department submitted the notice following guidance from Trump.
"The President has made very clear we are not going to underwrite an organization that has historically been incompetent and not performed its fundamental function," related Pompeo.
Steven Mosher, president of Population Research Institute and an expert on China, told Church Militant that he fully supports the jettison of WHO by the United States.
"I applaud the Trump administration's decision to withdraw from this failed organization," says Mosher. He added:
The WHO actually conspired with the CCP to initially hide the outbreak and then, when that became impossible, to actively minimize its severity. It further helped China to escape responsibility for the pandemic by giving the disease a generic name — COVID-19 — instead of identifying it with its country of origin, which would normally be the case.
Conservatives like the United Kingdom's Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage also back Trump's move.
"The WHO is another corrupt globalist organization," Farage asserted.
Mosher gave multiple reasons for dumping WHO.
"U.N. organizations, in general, are poor vehicles for achieving desired ends," he affirmed. "They are top-heavy with overpaid bureaucrats, often rife with corruption and generally act in lockstep with a left-wing agenda."
One of WHO's agendas is promoting abortion, even during pandemic-related shutdowns, emphasized Mosher.
"In WHO's case, for example, it is an avid promoter of abortion around the world, which flies in the face of the Trump administration's commitment to defend innocent unborn life," Mosher said. "Even in the midst of the present pandemic, WHO is promoting abortion as an "essential medical service."
Church Militant reported in May on attempts by the United States to rein in the pro-abortion agency in its efforts to further the slaughter of the unborn.
Trump's main reason for separating from WHO, however, focused on its failure to effectively contain the spread of the pandemic that originated in China. In May, He promised to cut ties with the China-centric WHO over growing concerns that the U.N. agency aided communist China in spreading the Wuhan virus.
"China has total control over the World Health Organization despite only paying $40 million per year compared to what the United States has been paying, which is approximately $450 million a year," Trump observed.
Trump originally voiced concerns with WHO for resisting his Jan. 31 travel restrictions that he had placed on China in an effort to keep China from spreading its virus to the United States. Mosher pinpointed a so-called error of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and confirmed that WHO was complicit in China's error.
"The CCP on Jan. 23 banned travel from Wuhan to other parts of China, but allowed international travel to continue," Mosher clarified. "There is no way to interpret that other than to say that China deliberately decided to infect the world."
Mosher observed that anyone tracking the pandemic since December knows that WHO:
Regarding those still supporting WHO, Mosher said, "They've been in a coma for the past four months."
Farage agreed. In April, he noted the glaring conflict of interest evidenced by WHO in its ongoing deference to China.
"It cannot convincingly claim to be politically neutral, and its policy platform appears to be up for sale to the highest bidder," remarked Farage.
But Democrats are not on board with the United States and WHO parting ways.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) claimed Trump's withdrawal would be dangerous.
"With millions of lives at risk, the president is crippling the international effort to defeat the virus," asserted Pelosi.
But in its June report, the House Foreign Affairs Committee had concluded that WHO "enabled the CCP cover-up by failing to investigate and publicize reports conflicting with the official CCP, while at the same time praising the CCP's response."
New Jersey Democrat senator Bob Menendez, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, referred to Trump's move as "incoherent."
"To call Trump's response to COVID chaotic and incoherent doesn't do it justice. This won't protect American lives or interests. It leaves Americans sick and America alone," Menendez alleged.
Even some Republicans like Texas representative Michael McCaul, also a ranking member on the committee, was critical of Trump's withdrawal based on the need to reform WHO.
McCaul posited that the United States could "affect more change within the organization as a member."
Trump's push to exit WHO, however, came after a period of WHO stonewalling attempts by the United States to investigate the agency's errors with the end goal of reforming it.
"Tedros is a corrupt Ethiopian politician who works for China, not for the welcoming of the world's population," said Mosher.
In his May announcement to leave WHO, Trump declared his decision was based on WHO's resistance to change.
"We have detailed the reforms that it must take and have engaged with them directly but they have refused to act," Trump affirmed. "Because they have failed to make the requested and greatly needed reforms, we will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization and redirecting those funds to other worldwide and deserving, urgent global health needs."
Because previously drafted conditions for withdrawing from WHO require a one-year notice, the formal notification filed on Tuesday will take effect July 6, 2021.