Washington, DC — In response to President Trump announcing at his White House press briefing that he would halt funding to the World Health Organization, Protect Our Care Chair Leslie Dach, who served as the global Ebola coordinator for the Department of Health and Human Services, issued the following statement:
“This is nothing more than a transparent attempt by President Trump to distract from his history downplaying the severity of the coronavirus crisis and his administration’s failure to prepare our nation. To be sure, the World Health Organization is not without fault but it is beyond irresponsible to cut its funding at the height of a global pandemic. This move will undoubtedly make Americans less safe.
“What’s more: it’s especially hypocritical given that Trump himself has repeatedly praised China as cases were popping up across the globe.”