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What do the WHO, White House Pandemic Office, and a delayed Coronavirus Stimulus Check all have in common on this 15th day of April — Donald Trump’s Signature.



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Trump’s Freeze on the World Health Organization Is a ‘Crime Against Humanity.’

Donald Trump’s decision to freeze U.S. funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) has been condemned as a “crime against humanity” by Richard Horton, the editor in chief of The Lancet medical journal. On Tuesday, Trump declared funding would be put on hold for at least 60 days and accused the organization of “mismanaging and covering up the spread of the coronavirus.” The U.S. is the single largest contributor to the WHO.

Every scientist, health worker, and citizen must resist and rebel against this appalling betrayal of global solidarity. “Halting funding for the World Health Organization during a world health crisis is as dangerous as it sounds,” says Bill Gates. “Their work is slowing the spread of COVID-19 and if that work is stopped no other organization can replace them.” China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said the country had “serious concerns” about Trump’s move and added that the WHO played an “irreplaceable role” in fighting the pandemic.

Trump says of disbanding the White House Pandemics Office, “I didn’t do it!”

As the United States grapples with the novel coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump said on Friday that he didn’t know “anything about” a reorganization of the National Security Council that dismantled a key White House Pandemics office nearly two years ago. The head of that team, Rear Adm. Timothy Ziemer, left suddenly after the team was disbanded in 2018 along with other members of the office; he had been tasked with how the country responds to a threat like the novel coronavirus. When Trump was asked by the PBS NewsHour’s Yamiche Alcindor about whether he took responsibility for the decision, the president called it “a nasty question,” adding it wasn’t him, instead gesturing to other members of his administration that were part of a group of people that make decisions.

Trump Emblazons His Own Name on Coronavirus Stimulus Check

Treasury Department leaders have been ordered to emblazon Donald Trump’s name on the coronavirus stimulus checks going out to tens of millions of Americans in coming weeks, Charlatan Magazine reports. The ordered signature will reportedly delay the checks at a time when a record number of Americans are unemployed and struggling. It will be the first time in American history that a president has printed his own name on a check from the IRS.

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