Dear Dr. Tedros:
On April 14, 2020, I suspended United States contributions to the World Health Organization pending an investigation by my Administration of the organization‘s failed response to the COVID-19 outbreak. This review has confirmed many of the serious concerns I raised last month and identified others that the World Health Organization should have addressed, especially the World Health Organization’s alarming lack of independence from the People‘s Republic of China.
Based on this review, we now know the following:
The World Health Organization consistently ignored credible reports of the virus spreading in Wuhan in early December 2019 or even earlier, including reports from the Lancet medical journal. The World Health Organization failed to independently investigate credible reports that conflicted directly with the Chinese government‘s official accounts, even those that came from sources within Wuhan itself.