On Friday, President Donald Trump announced that the United States will no longer collaborate and cut its relationship with the World Health Organization.
“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,” Trump said.
The President said that the “world needs answers from China on the virus. We must have transparency.”
President also remarked and allegedly accused China for not complying the protocols in proper reporting of information it had about the coronavirus to the World Health Organization and said China had pressured the WHO to “mislead the world.”
“Chinese officials ignored their reporting obligations to the World Health Organization and pressured the World Health Organization to mislead the world when the virus was first discovered by Chinese authorities,” Trump said. “Countless lives have been taken and profound economic hardship has been inflicted all around the globe.”
The President had previously announced a temporary halt of funding to the WHO and sent a letter to the agency earlier in May saying that the US would permanently pull funding if the WHO did not “commit to major substantive improvements in the next 30 days.”
On the other hand, the National security adviser: ‘I don’t think there’s systemic racism’ in US police forces
On Sunday, National security adviser Robert O’Brien denied that systemic racism exists across the nation’s police forces.
“No, I don’t think there’s systemic racism. I think 99.9% of our law enforcement officers are great Americans. Many of them are African American, Hispanic, Asian, they’re working the toughest neighborhood, they’ve got the hardest jobs to do in this country and I think they’re amazing, great Americans,” O’Brien told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” when asked if systemic racism was a problem for police agencies.
O’Brien added that there are “some bad apples in there. There are some bad cops who are racist. There are cops that maybe don’t have the right straining.”
“There is no doubt that there are some racist police, I think they’re the minority, I think they’re the few bad apples and we need to root them out,” he said.
The statement from O’Brien urged as demonstration of opposition against racism and police brutality has dispersed to other states across the country in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death. The official claimed the violence that has broken out in some cities is being driven by “militants,” and said he had not seen reports that white supremacists had inflamed tensions in some instances. O’Brien made sure that President Donald Trump and the White House support peaceful demonstrations will be strictly maintained.
The outrage started last week when Floyd was murdered, an unarmed black man who died at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Protesters say they want to see charges for all four police officers involved in Floyd’s death. So far, officials have only charged the officer who was seen in a video with his knee on Floyd’s neck with third-degree murder and manslaughter — but protesters and critics believe the charge isn’t harsh enough. With the amount of distaste about the pressed charges, the protest spread like a wildfire.
The protesters are not just calling for justice in Floyd’s case in different states across the country but they are also seeking to draw attention to a number of recent high-profile cases in which African American men and women died at the hands of police officers, including Eric Garner and Mike Brown. The injustices from the African-American Community have sprung and citizens longs for justice.