House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) says that if the World Health Organization (WHO) wants to restore its credibility, it needs to start by getting rid of its chief, Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, The Daily Caller reported.
The WHO is under fire for helping the communist Chinese regime cover up the new coronavirus outbreak and avoid accountability for the resultant global pandemic.
President Donald Trump announced a suspension of U.S. funding for the communist-allied globalist institution, accusing the WHO of “severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the coronavirus.” The funding halt is significant
Trump’s decision was strongly criticized by Democrats and the media, while Republicans largely expressed agreement with the president.
Scalise: Tedros must be removed
In a phone interview with the Daily Caller on Wednesday, Scalise said that getting rid of Tedros was only the first step.
Whoever is chosen to replace Tedros would need to prove they weren’t under the thumb of the communist Chinese regime like their predecessor, lest those same problems simply continue under new leadership.
“Dr. Tedros has been questioned for years, and there’ve been a lot of people that have raised serious concerns about Dr. Tedros’ leadership at WHO,” Scalise told The Daily Caller. “If WHO wants to restore their credibility around the world, the most important first step they can take is by removing Dr. Tedros as their head.”
“But that would just be the beginning of restoring credibility,” he added.
The Minority Whip then described what he would want to see from a potential replacement for Tedros to be satisfied that the organization had made sufficient changes worthy of renewed credibility — and a resumption of U.S. funding.
“Bring in a respected medical professional”
“I think they would then need to prove that they’re trying to bring somebody in who’s a respected medical professional and not somebody who will cover for failed regimes like the communist Chinese government, or even if you look at other outbreaks like Ebola, for trying to cover for the countries that started those diseases,” Scalise said.
“So he needs to go,” he added of Tedros. “But then they also need to bring somebody in who can actually reestablish credibility at WHO before they’re going to be received properly by the rest of the world, especially by the United States.”
In a similar vein, a number of House Republicans urged Trump to make the re-funding of the WHO contingent on Tedros’ resignation in a letter Thursday, citing Tedros’ “record of embracing PRC propaganda and policies.”