Donald Trump has made good on his threat and suspended the U.S. budget contribution to the World Health Organization (WHO), a United Nations agency that has played a central – and controversial – role in the fight against the coronavirus.

“Today I have instructed my government to suspend funding to the WHO while an investigation is conducted to assess the organization’s role in mismanaging and concealing the spread of the coronavirus,” the US president said at his usual White House appearance to report on the evolution of the pandemic in the United States.

“Fortunately, I was not convinced and I suspended the trips from China, saving countless lives, thousands and thousands of people would have died. If other countries had suspended travel from China, countless lives would have been saved,” the president said.

According to data from the institution itself, for the period 2016-2017 the United States provided 76% of the voluntary contributions, which represent more than three quarters of the budget of the Geneva-based organization.

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