WHO promoted China's disinformation, Trump says

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President orders administration to halt funding for the organization


U.S. President Donald Trump walks down the West Wing colonnade from the Oval Office with Vice President Mike Pence as they arrive to address the daily coronavirus task force briefing in the Rose Garden at the White House on April 14.   © Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump walks down the West Wing colonnade from the Oval Office with Vice President Mike Pence as they arrive to address the daily coronavirus task force briefing in the Rose Garden at the White House on April 14. © Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he has instructed his administration to at least temporarily halt funding to the World Health Organization over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump, at a White House news conference, said the WHO had "failed in its basic duty and it must be held accountable." He said the group had promoted China's "disinformation" about the virus that likely led to a wider outbreak of the virus than otherwise would have occurred.

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