Trump to terminate USA relationship with World Health Organization over coronavirus

Trump to terminate US relationship with WHO over coronavirus

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Johnson invited Trump to take part in the Global Vaccine Summit that the U.K.is hosting on 4 June.

It was unclear from Mr. Trump's announcement whether he was issuing a formal executive order to end the special relationship with Hong Kong entirely.

The US president on Friday (local time) announced the unprecedented action he would be taking in retaliation for a slew of misdeeds he believed had been committed by China.

Pompeo, in an interview late Thursday, hinted that Trump may take action against Chinese students in the United States.

"This is a matter of urgent global concern that implicates worldwide peace and security, and warrants the immediate attention of the UN Security Council", the U.S. Mission to the United Nations said in a statement.

"These plain facts can not be overlooked or swept aside", he said.

"This is a tragedy for the people of Hong Kong, the people of China, and indeed the people of the world", Trump told reporters.

As China passed the the controversial security law that it plans to impose on Hong Kong, President of United States Donald Trump said on Friday that he would strip several of Hong Kong's special privileges with America and bar some Chinese students from U.S. universities in anger over Beijing's bid to exert control in the financial hub.

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He noted that the USA contributes around $450 million to the world body while China provides about $40 million. "But the World Health Organization has failed to make requested and needed reforms and so we will be terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization", he said.

"Certainly there needs to be a good, hard look at mistakes the World Health Organization might have made in connection with coronavirus, but the time to do that is after the crisis has been dealt with, not in the middle of it", he said.

"This hegemonic act of attempting to interfere in Hong Kong affairs and grossly interfere in China's internal affairs will not frighten the Chinese people and is doomed to fail", it said.

"We will take action to revoke Hong Kong's preferential treatment as a separate customs and travel territory from the rest of China", Trump said, adding that Washington would also impose sanctions on individuals seen as responsible for "smothering - absolutely smothering - Hong Kong's freedom". This pandemic has underscored the crucial importance of building up America's economic independence, reshoring our critical supply chains, and protecting America's scientific and technological advances.

The trade agreement brought a temporary truce in a long-running tit-for-tat tariff war, with China agreeing to boost its purchases of USA goods and services over the next two years by at least $200 billion, a move that is expected to help the United States reduce its trade deficit with the world's second-largest economy.

"Any sanctions are a double-edged sword that will not only harm the interests of Hong Kong but also significantly those of the US", it said in a statement late on Thursday.

"The world is now suffering as a result of the malfeasance of the Chinese government", he said. "Americans are entitled to fairness and transparency", he said.

And there are many of them, and he said the full range of agreements is basically on the table - from the USA extradition treaty with Hong Kong to export controls on dual-use technologies.

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