WASHINGTON, May 29 — US President Donald Trump Friday announced termination of relations with the World Health Organization (WHO) because the UN agency refused US reform proposals.
“We will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization,” Trump told a press conference at the Rose Garden, White House.
“We have detailed the reforms that it must make and engaged with them directly but they have refused to act,” he said.
“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 public health needs. The world needs answers from China on the virus. We must have transparency,” Trump said.
Trump announced in April the US was halting funding for WHO because of the way it handled outbreak of coronavirus pandemic.
On Hong Kong, Trump said China has replaced its promised formula for “one country two systems” with “one country, one system.” “Therefore I am directing my administration to begin the process of eliminating policy exemptions that give Hong Kong different and special treatment,” he said.
Trump said he planned to revoke Hong Kong’s “preferential treatment as a separate customs and travel territory from the rest of China.” The president also said the US would sanction Chinese and Hong Kong officials directly or indirectly involved in eroding Hong Kong’s autonomy.
Trump added he was directing State Department to issue a travel advisory “to reflect the increased danger of surveillance and punishment by the Chinese state security apparatus.
“We will be revising the State Department’s travel advisory for Hong Kong to reflect the increased danger of surveillance and punishment by the Chinese state security apparatus. We will take action to revoke Hong Kong’s preferential treatment as a separate customs and travel territory from the rest of China,” said Trump.
Trump also said he would issue a proclamation to better secure the US vital university research and to suspend the entry of certain foreign nationals from China who “we have identified as potential security risks.
“I am instructing my presidential working group on financial markets to study the differing practices of Chinese companies listed on the US financial markets with a goal of protecting American investors; investment firms should not be subjecting their clients to the hidden and undue risks associated with financing Chinese companies that do not play by the same rules,” he said