Sen. Chris Murphy: China And The World Health Organization Did Nothing Wrong

Sen. Chris Murphy: China And The World Health Organization Did Nothing Wrong

Democratic Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy exonerated China of any wrongdoing over the global pandemic stemming from the novel Wuhan coronavirus on Tuesday.

“The reason that we’re in the crisis that we are today is not because of anything that China did, is not because of anything the WHO [World Health Organization] did,” said Murphy during a prime-time interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

The Connecticut senator’s defense of China comes on the same day President Donald Trump announced from the White House Rose Garden that the United States would halt funding for the WHO and would review its “role in severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the coronavirus.”

According to Forbes, the United States is the primary source of WHO funding with nearly $58 million given to the WHO this year. China so far, is the second highest contributor to the organization having given nearly $29 million.

In 2018 and 2019, the United States contributed $893 million to the WHO whereas China gave less than $80 million, according to NPR. The World Bank and the Bill Gates Foundation contributed more to the organization than the Chinese government.

“American taxpayers provided between $400 million and $500 million per year to the WHO. In contrast, China contributes roughly $40 million a year, or even less,” Trump said.

The global public health institution has come under increasing fire in recent weeks as new revelations begin to unmask the extent to which China has mislead the world over the virus that originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Since the start of the outbreak, the communist regime has suppressed whistleblowers sounding the alarm over China’s actions and lied about every aspect of the virus, including its origin, the number of reported cases, and the nature of the disease itself.

The WHO meanwhile, has remained complicit in China’s behavior, skirting questions related to Taiwan, parroting false science on how the virus spreads and applauding China’s apparent progress on the virus despite U.S. officials reporting Chinese progress to be fake.

“Had the WHO done its job to get medical experts into China to objectively assess the situation on the ground and to call out China’s lack of transparency, the outbreak could have been contained at its source with very little death,” Trump said, announcing his decision to cut off U.S. funding.

Republicans on the House Oversight Committee have also pressed the WHO for answers in its role perpetuating Chinese propaganda.

“Thoughout the crisis, the WHO has shied away from placing any blame on the Chinese government, which is in essence the Communist Party of China,” House Republicans wrote in a letter to WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus last week. “You, as leader of the WHO, even went so far as to praise the Chinese government’s ‘transparency’ during the crisis, when, in fact, the regime has consistently lied to the world by underreporting their actual infection and death statistics.”

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Tristan Justice is a staff writer at The Federalist focusing on the 2020 presidential campaigns. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at [email protected]
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