White House says U.S. has formally pulled out of the World Health Organization

White House says U.S. has formally pulled out of the World Health Organization

The White House has formally withdrawn from the World Health Organization, a senior administration official confirmed on Tuesday.

The Trump administration's notice was delivered to the United Nations secretary-general. Since a withdrawal requires a year's notice, it will not go into effect until July 6, 2021.

The timing of the administration's decision to withdraw from W.H.O has drawn criticism, especially among Democrats, including Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, and Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA).

In April, Trump announced the U.S. would cease its roughly $500 million annual funding of the W.H.O due to the organization's failure "to adequately obtain, vet, and share information in a timely and transparent fashion" regarding the coronavirus outbreak.

Approximately one month later, the president threatened to permanently withdraw U.S. membership and funding to W.H.O.

 

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