The United States said on Wednesday it will not pay about $ 80 million it currently owes to the World Health Organization (WHO), and instead redirects the money to the United Nations in New York.
The United States plans to leave the Geneva-based WHO on July 6, 2021, after President Donald Trump accused it of becoming a puppet of China during the coronavirus pandemic. The WHO rejected Trump’s claims.
Under a joint resolution of the US Congress in 1948, Trump had to give one year advance notice of the WHO’s departure from the country and must pay what Washington owes for the organization’s current fiscal year.
Nerissa Cook, deputy assistant secretary of state for the State Department’s Office of International Organization Affairs, said the United States currently owes the WHO about $ 18 million for fiscal year 2019 and $ 62 million for fiscal year 2020. .
“Those (payments) together are being rescheduled to the UN to pay the regular tax,” Cook said, referring to the money that Washington must pay to the United Nations in New York.