Trump announces U.S. ends relationship with WHO

Trump announces U.S. ends relationship with WHO

The American president announced Friday to end the relationship between his country and the World Health Organization. Donald Trump spoke from the White House at a press conference dedicated to the situation in Hong Kong.

Video provided by Le FigaroA new break is consummated for Donald Trump. After a showdown initiated with social networks, President Donald Trump announced on Friday May 29 that the relationship between his country and the World Health Organization (WHO), one of its preferred targets since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The American president was speaking from the White House during an address on the situation in Hong Kong.

Donald Trump accuses the WHO in particular of being too lenient with Beijing in managing the health crisis linked to the Covid-19. “Because they have failed to make the necessary and required reforms, we will end our relationship with the World Health Organization today and redirect these funds to other urgent and global public health needs that arise. deserve, “said the President of the United States.

“It is a tragedy for the people of Hong Kong”

During his press conference, Donald Trump also accused China to have betrayed its commitments on the autonomy of Hong Kong. “It is a tragedy for the people of Hong Kong, for China, and for the whole world,” he said.

The United States has denounced for several days the controversial national security law that Beijing wants to impose on Hong Kong. They believe it is a disguised way of muzzling the Hong Kong opposition and cutting corners, which China firmly denies.

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President Donald Trump spoke on the situation in Hong Kong from the White House on Friday, May 29.

End of special treatment for Hong Kong

Donald Trump also announced that the process of removal of trade exemptions from which Hong Kong benefited would begin. “Hong Kong is no longer autonomous enough to justify the special treatment we have been giving to the territory since the handover,” continued the American president.

Therefore, “I ask my administration to initiate the process of ending the exemptions that allowed Hong Kong to have different and special treatment. This will affect all of the agreements (with Hong Kong), from our extradition treaty to export controls on dual-use technologies and more, with few exceptions, “he said.

This special trade treatment granted by the United States, which allows the territory to benefit in particular from advantageous customs duties, has enabled Hong Kong to become a world financial pole.

Showing his desire to better secure “the university research vital to the country”, the president finally announced the suspension of the entry of “certain nationals of China who we have identified as potential security risks”.

However, he remained elusive about the exact scope of this decision and the number of students who could be affected.

With AFP and Reuters