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Trump dumps World Health Organization

Published on April 9, 2020 5:04 AM
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The World Health Organization is the frontrunner to win this years Nobel Peace Prize in a development that experts say could represent a blow to President Donald Trumps efforts to disparage the agency as a puppet for China, a country on which hes sought to pin the blame for the coronavirus global spread.In a widely-shared op-ed published Wednesday by The Washington Post, U.N. Dispatch blog editor and Global Dispatches podcast host Marc Leon Goldberg laid out a case in favor of the WHO winning the coveted prize due to its international efforts to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

In it, he notes that, "Conferring the Nobel Peace Prize on the WHO would be interpreted in the United States as a political act and it will be."

Speaking to Newsweek, Goldberg said such a move would be necessary to counter another politically motivated campaign championed by Trump, who has withdrawn funding for the global health agency over what he alleged to be its complicity in a conspiracy orchestrated by China to cover up the severity of the disease as it spread through the country in its early stages.

A WHO victory, Goldberg explained, would "point to the fact that the Trump administrations decision to withhold funding from the World Health Organization and actively seek to undermine it is, itself just a blatantly political act, seeking to shift blame from his own tragically incompetent handling of this crisis."

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