‘316,000 reasons’: Pirro defends Trump’s ‘brilliant’ threat to withhold WHO funding

Following President Donald Trump’s announcement that might permanently cut off U.S. funding of the World Health Organization (WHO), many of his critics voiced their displeasure.

In a recent Fox News Channel appearance, however, Judge Jeanine Pirro called it a “brilliant move” and presented her argument that it is “time that the WHO cleaned up its act.”

“Could have helped us”

Speaking as a guest on The Five, Pirro pointed to the staggering coronavirus-related death toll around the world as evidence that the agency botched its response to the pandemic.

“I think 316,000 dead people around the world is reason enough,” she said, according to Fox. “Or at least 316,000 reasons to pull money out of an organization that could have helped us and could have prevented many of these deaths.”

Among Pirro’s other reasons to withhold funding from the WHO was its early understanding that “there was no human-to-human transmission” of the virus.

“This organization was being lauded, or lauded China, for instances where they had travel restrictions within their own country,” she added, according to Fox.

Describing the behavior as “crazy,” she went on to assert that the U.S. should not allow the WHO “to take our money” while putting the nation and “the world at risk.”

“Repeated missteps”

Trump, for his part, made his position clear in a letter addressed to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Monday.

“The World Health Organization has repeatedly made claims about the coronavirus that were either grossly inaccurate or misleading,” he wrote. “It is clear the repeated missteps by you and your organization in responding to the pandemic have been extremely costly for the world.”

He went on to issue an ultimatum, declaring that “if the World Health Organization does not commit to major substantive improvements within the next 30 days,” he would make a temporary funding freeze permanent and consider pulling the U.S. out of the organization.

Officials and health experts around the world panned Trump’s move, including American Medical Association President Dr. Patrice Harris, who called it “a dangerous move at a precarious moment for the world,” according to NBC News.

On the other hand, scores of WHO critics are sure to agree with Pirro’s demand that “if there is money, there is truth and transparency behind it.”

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