Donald Trump idiotically threatens to defund WHO: ‘They called it wrong’

Trump Participates in a Small Business Relief Update

Here are some photos of Donald Trump, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Ivanka Trump yesterday during the “Small Business Relief Update.” I actually read an article a few weeks ago about how Mnuchin was surprisingly efficient when it came to dealing with congressional leaders of both parties during this, the NuDepression. This update was allegedly about how the administration will give out $50 billion in low-interest loans to small businesses now. Yeah, I doubt it. I bet most of the “loan” money will be going towards bailouts for airlines and corporations, not small businesses. *deep sigh* Meanwhile, it looks like Trump is looking for some cost-cutting measures. He wants to defund the World Health Organization, because he’s Hector Projector and he thinks WHO mishandled the pandemic.

President Trump lashed out on Tuesday at the World Health Organization, choosing a new political enemy to attack and threatening to withhold funding from a premier health institution even as a deadly virus ravages nations around the globe.

“We’re going to put a hold on money spent to the W.H.O. We’re going to put a very powerful hold on it and we’re going to see,” Mr. Trump said during the daily coronavirus briefing at the White House, accusing the organization of having not been aggressive enough in confronting the virus. “They called it wrong. They call it wrong. They really, they missed the call.”

In effect, Mr. Trump sought to denounce the W.H.O. for the very missteps and failures that have been leveled at him and his administration. Public health experts have said the president’s public denials of the virus’s dangers slowed the American response, which included delayed testing and a failure to stockpile protective gear. In fact, the W.H.O. sounded the alarm in the earliest days of the crisis, declaring a “public health emergency of international concern” a day before the United States secretary of health and human services announced the country’s own public health emergency and weeks before Mr. Trump declared a national emergency.

After saying flatly that the United States had decided to “put a hold” on the organization’s money, the president later denied that he had made those remarks and appeared to back down.

“I’m not saying that I’m going to do it. But we’re going to look at it,” he said. When a reporter noted that he had indeed said the funding would end, Mr. Trump insisted, wrongly: “No, I didn’t. I said we’re going to look at it.”

The budget for the W.H.O. is about $6 billion, which comes from member countries around the world. In 2019, the last year for which figures were available, the United States contributed about $553 million.

[From The New York Times]

I’d just like to take a moment and give one small props to all of the transcribers at various newspapers. Can you imagine how much it must suck to have to listen to Donald Trump’s vacuous, idiotic words every day and know it’s your job to make that jumble of nonsense somehow comprehensible? Anyway, I was going to say “of course Trump won’t defund WHO,” but truly, who knows. He gets away with everything. I think it’s interesting that the NYT states it plainly, that Trump is searching for his next bogeyman. It’s all China’s fault! No, it’s all WHO’s fault! It’s all Gov. Cuomo’s fault! It’s… it’s… Ivanka’s fault!

Trump Participates in a Small Business Relief Update

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  1. Hoopjumper says:

    Stealing Hector Projector.

    • Maida says:

      That nickname is PERFECT.

      ” . . . the president later denied that he had made those remarks . . .”

      But of course. He’s always mouthing off and needing to walk things back once a functioning adult explains things to him.

  2. Sierra says:

    I can honestly say America’s world domination is finished courtesy of Trump.

    Europe is furious at the way Trump first tried you buy the “cure” from a German company and then wanted it to be exclusive to America only.

    Now he blocked 50 million masks which Europe bought fair and square weeks ago from an American company.

    Europe will punish Trump once this is all over by excluding America financially.

    The rage Europeans have against America is huge and will probably takes months if not years before people trusted America again.

    • Erinn says:

      He also ordered 3M to stop sending masks to Canada. He’s causing irreparable damage with their closest allies.

      • Rapunzel says:

        They worked out a deal. 3M is sending the masks.

      • Erinn says:

        Not before they’d blocked multiple shipments, though. Millions of masks were held back from reaching some of our most populated areas – risking the lives of every health care worker out there breaking their backs to try to keep things under control.

        We’ve also had shipments arrive which were much smaller than they were supposed to be – 500,000 compared to 3 million. They allowed someone to bid higher despite the order being squared away already. There are SO many Canadian nurses crossing the border to work in the US. And he doesn’t give a flying f-ck.

        He’s implied that surprise troops being stationed at the border were because of steel tariffs.
        “We have very strong deployments on the southern border, with Mexico. We had some troops up in Canada. But I’ll find out about that,” he said, before suddenly linking the issue to steel tariffs.”I guess it’s equal justice to a certain extent,” he said.”

        He’s trying to stoke up fears that people are trying to ‘escape’ to the US. He’s putting his troops out there to have a dick measuring contest. He’s out there trying to squash other countries while ours is out there assuring the people of remote Alaskan towns that they’ll still receive needed supplies from Canada.

        During a freaking global pandemic, he’s spending his time focusing on screwing anyone and everyone over, and that’s pretty low even for this human dumpster fire.

        Deal or not, serious damage has already been done.

      • Rapunzel says:

        Oh, no doubt it still sucks and is awful, Erinn, and damage is certainly done. I just wasn’t sure you were aware of the deal. I wasn’t till I saw your comment and looked to see if anything had changed.

      • Nic919 says:

        Canada hates Dump and even conservatives who somewhat supported him, like Doug Ford, now are very upset at what he’s done. Canada and the US have had a lengthy trade relationship and both countries are interdependent on each other. It’s only the positive relationships with the border state governors that keeps this going. The next US president will have a lot of work to do to fix the mess that the Orange monster started.

    • Becks1 says:

      We talk here in the US about the Obama “apology tour” when he came into office, to try to repair some of the damage bush had done to our standing in the world.

      The next president is going to have to make one hell of an apology tour, and I’m not sure that will be enough.

      It’s frustrating bc most americans did NOT want him in office. He’s so obsessed with his electoral victory bc he lost the popular vote. We know what’s he doing and how he’s treating other countries and at this point I just feel so powerless.

      • Sierra says:

        It will take years I feel because the damage is too big.

        Most of us aren’t angry at innocent Americans but I can say that Trump supporters are loathed and not welcome in most places.

        You will need another Martin Luther King to repair the damage.

      • emmy says:

        The problem is that there is no person who could come into office and undo the damage. Not in 4 years, not in 8. As long as the current election/voting system is in place, nobody knows when the next Donald will be elected so the thinking will probably be “Right, we like you. But we can’t trust you with treaties because you’ll be gone in a few years and the next person might f*ck us over.”

        The trust issue isn’t really related to Trump per se. It’s knowing that the system produced him and there are no guarantees anymore. I don’t see how any apology tour could fix this.

        The EU has to fix its own sh*t and become more assertive and independent. It’s the only way for us. It’ll come at a price but this is where we are.

    • Marv says:

      We will trust in America again as soon as the Orange Clown is voted out of office! Vote blue, and we can get back to normal and also like the other 50% of you, guys ;-) We still believe in you! Let´s kick out racist a-holes everywhere, it´s like mole-whacking!

  3. Who ARE These People says:

    The reporters have always worked to make him comprehensible, that’s part of the problem. He needs to be heard for what he is.

  4. Rapunzel says:

    Criminal stupidity. Criminal ineptitude. Criminal heartlessness. Criminal scapegoating.

    He’s turning the US into a global pariah. His moves are not just hurting Americans, and the world will not forget.

    • emmy says:

      The world is busy with its own clusterf*ck right now but yeah, we still watch the news. And let me tell you, even Putin pretends to care when his own people die. I cannot imagine living under a government that so openly does not give a sh*t about people dying. My god, even Duterte pretends like shooting people on the spot is about protecting others. This level of open callousness is beyond words.

      Just … what is this guy? He’s not a sociopath because then he would at least PRETEND!

    • Bella DuPont says:

      This whole thing is starting to feel like out and out sabotage.

  5. Mireille says:

    Let’s take a running count here with Orange Julius: gutted the budget for the CDC, got rid of the WH Pandemic team because…well Obama…, shut down medical experts and instilled his creepy mannequin son-in-law to hoard the Federal stockpile while at the SAME TIME accused governors and clinicians of hoarding PPE and ventilators. And of course, is his spare time, he’s pushing a drug commonly used to treat malaria as the end all cure all for Covid 19 because well he wants everyone working by May and crowds ready to fill the football stadiums in September. To call this man a MF A-hole is an insult to all MF A-holes all over the world.

    • Lightpurple says:

      He’s pushing the drug because he has shares of it. It’s all about his personal profit.

    • buenavissta says:

      And people with lupus, who NEED this drug, are being warned that they will have trouble getting it.
      Someone please sneeze on this a**hat.

  6. Chica71 says:

    Nope, WHO and everyone got it right. But when you are too busy golfing, lying and holding rallies to listen to advisors or read( this is questionable at best) this type of disasters happens.

    For those who are not paying attention, China’s IMF has greenlighted it’s currency into foreign exchange basket. The days of the $USD as King is being challenged.

    No, I doubt Ivanka created 15million jobs

    • B n A fn says:

      The bottom line was, #45. was lying to the voters to keep the economy going. If the economy is strong he believes he will win come November. COVID #45 does not care about the people or who dies, he only cares about money and power.

      Anyone noticed he fired the person who was to over see that 500billion $ that was to go to the people? #45 appointed himself tp pick the person who will dole out these $$$$$, I bet he’s going to put one of his cronies in charge of the money. I know where all that money will end up, in his pockets and his family pockets.

      The only thing I cannot understand is why is he still polling in the 40%. I know Michael Cohen said he had polls fixed to make his numbers higher than it really was.

      I will remember in November =. Vote COVID #45.

      • olala says:

        There is something very very wrong with system in US. If voting system and power distribution not changed it will be fucked. It is fucked already. How on Earth the president has a power to fire/appoint watchdog. What the point of watchdog then at all. This is shocking to me

    • runcmc says:

      WHO absolutely did not get it right, they had been downplaying the pandemic and not properly researching China or sending proper warnings to the rest of the world. I’ve been following news of the virus since early January and there has been a huge sense that the WHO sh£~ the bed and mishandled this crisis.

      Still, 45 did an even worse job. But let’s not pretend the WHO handled this well.

    • Tiffany says:

      @Chica71, you should not one iota of doubt in your mind that Aryan Airhead created a job for a hotel valet in her Daddy’s hotel let alone 15 million.

  7. Digital Unicorn says:

    Dump has just sent 200 ventilators to the UK all the while stock piling PPE equipment and refusing to send it to his own states, while watching at they die because he won’t send them help. He’s using the pandemic to ‘buy’ favours from other world leaders – he is beyond disgusting and karma if you are reading this, please come for him and his cabal.

    The Chinese gov has misled everyone over this pandemic.

    And Ivanka sweetie – all the plastic surgery in the world is not going to hide the Trump genes and how much you look like Daddy.

  8. FHMom says:

    He hates the press because they hold him accountable. His whole game is to deflect and distance himself when things go wrong and to take all the credit when things go well. He can’t tolerate the truth.

    • phaedra7 says:

      Also, has anyone thought about the fact that he may be secretly pissed off about what happened and the results of WW2? (Without my giving details, history about that time period can give you the answer. . . . . . . . . 🤔)

  9. Charlotte says:

    Does it have to be anyone’s fault?!

    • Swack says:

      The way it has been handled – yes there is fault to be layed.

    • Nic919 says:

      Look at the death rates at other countries and try that again. South Korea had its first case the same day and has way fewer infections and deaths. And they are next door to China.
      The US has the most infections and will have the most deaths soon enough. This is all because Dump sabotaged the system Obama set up to deal with pandemics. Dump has killed thousands. It’s his fault that all of this happened to Americans. And it should never be forgotten.

  10. AnnaKist says:

    He’s got a very punchable head. I’m volunteering. 🙋‍♀️

  11. Veronica says:

    STOP. GIVING. HIM. A. PLATFORM.

    CNN, all of them. Stop airing him! Stop letting him lie on camera! Stop letting him create conspiracy theories and scaring people! Stop pretending he’s relevant of credible! My God. They learned nothing from 2016.

    • Prayer Warrior says:

      …so if the only people talking about him is Fox News…..and they are still, for the most part, singing his praises, how does that benefit anyone, if the only news we get is from sycophants? They HAVE to report what he says..otherwise, how can it be debunked? I don’t think any of the journalists are pretending he’s relevant or credible. They know he is not, but without reporting on him, how do we track his lies? Because eventually, God willing, his lies will become part of his trial, no?

      • Nic919 says:

        Nothing he says is any value at this point. They should just stop going. It’s not like anything helpful is being said right now. He thrives on any attention, as any narcissist does. Just cut it off. Like a gangrenous limb.

  12. Mimmy says:

    It’s the fault of the political elite (globally) for not listening the warnings from the WHO and the field experts.
    Hence putting profits before people, we are witnessing the results.
    Now, I am not surprised that Trump is blaming China and WHO, how could he be wrong on this. Unbelievable. Makes me sick.

  13. Rapunzel says:

    And now I hear the CDC is possibly relaxing guidelines to keep exposed but asymptomatic people at home 14 days. So they can go to work. What the actual f—? Nonsense.

  14. Flamingo says:

    His complete butchering of a health disaster has turned a lot of his educated voters against him. Higher salary doctors: surgeons and anesthesiologists, typically lean republican. This is anecdotal, but in my husband’s surgery group of 20, a few didn’t vote in the last election and the rest voted for Trump. Not a one will openly endorse him now. Let’s hope that they remember this in November.

    • Traveler says:

      It is so discouraging to hear that these high income earning docs you speak of, who lead incredibly privileged lives, are so selfish. They have more than what they need to live luxuriously but yet, by voting republican, they are voting against women’s rights, environmental protection, animal rights/biodiversity, healthcare for all, social safety nets for those less fortunate than themselves, etc., etc., etc. This tells me who they really are at their core. It’s all about wall street. It’s all about acquisition at any cost to others.
      Luckily that has not been my experience. I have two doctor friends who have made a lot of money and live very, very comfortably who are extremely socially conscious.

      But, yeah, maybe these docs will vote to help protect everyone this time………not just themselves.

    • phaedra7 says:

      Yes, ALL OF THIS from a man who doesn’t think that HUMAN HEALTH [including that of the animal kingdom--the death of that poor lion from the Bronx (NY) Zoo] is important. Hell, climate change is not even a priority on his list! We can see from his personal way of eating/diet (hamburders, fried chicken, Coke, Oreo cookies, fries, and the cholesterol-laden list goes on and on) plus no doubt having his personal physician LIE that “his health is good”. If this administration is going to LIE about that particular aspect, this horrible/terrible crisis is nothing to them (a.k.a. Take-A-Dump and his cabal/cartel)! Sorry for the rant!

  15. anniefannie says:

    WHO offered coronavirus testing to 57 countries to preempt the spread. All but 1 country refused Yep! Our moronic President refused! My guess? He wanted to control the numbers and give a false sense of security. Now he has his grifter SIL managing the desperately needed material to help healthcare workers who’re on the frontlines of a crisis he helped create. God help us all…

    • Lightpurple says:

      He also wanted to give his son in law’s extended family a chance to develop their own testing systems and profit.

    • Prayer Warrior says:

      “WHO offered coronavirus testing to 57 countries to preempt the spread. All but 1 country refused”….what country accepted? I googled, but did not find this info? I want to know which one country was smart whilst all 56 other countries had their heads in their wallets.

      • whatWHAT? says:

        anniefannie just mixed up her post is all.

        the US was the only one to refuse their tests, the other 56 accepted.

  16. Pineapple says:

    Donald Trump is a narcissist, he is shame intolerant. He can not be held responsible for any negative event. He will blame China, The World Health Organization … Dave in Idaho. He is a narcissist.

  17. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    And he will handle the stimulus. His neverending press briefings are useless and only for stroking the tremendous job he’s doing. He’s dangerous AF. He’s stupid AF. He’s a nasty piece of fatty meaat that needs tossing out. But he’s always been this way. How many times must we rinse and repeat?

  18. KellyRyan says:

    He has those tiny, stumpy, fat fingers in everything. Wisconsin election, fighting against mail in votes. We do well with mail in votes in CA. Gov Newsom said this week CA has 68 lawsuits against stumpy’s administration.

  19. Lua says:

    Stop being hyperbolic, he would never blame Ivanka. It was Eric!

    • Lightpurple says:

      Tiffany first, if he remembers she exists.
      Then Kim Guilfoyle.
      Then Lara.
      Then Eric.
      Then Junior
      Then Jared.
      Then Melania.
      Ivanka will watch them all fall and then when she thinks he’s coming for her, she’ll hurl him under the nearest train.

  20. Scal says:

    And of course because he has the attention span of a gnat-he’s already walked that back. He’s basically just throwing everything to the wall to see what sticks and to distract everyone left and right.

  21. Liz version 700 says:

    The French just stopped a study of the malaria drug due to unacceptably high incidents of cardiac events… sigh Trump will still push it

  22. jbones says:

    Food for thought:
    The National Post just published a piece that suggested Canada’s prime minister should acknowledge the WHO’s mishandling of this crisis. According to the author, Lorne Gunter, the WHO “permitted China to deny the magnitude of its crisis for nearly a month”. The piece also suggested that Taiwan’s low infection and death rate is partly because it’s not a member of WHO and doesn’t have to follow IHR. Taiwan mitigated travel bans immediately.

    This National Post article was an interesting perspective. The gist of it; blaming China and the WHO for the global scope of this crisis may not be so nuts.

    Note: I’m not a Trump supporter, and I do not think it’s healthy to look to blame right now.

  23. Jen says:

    Hmm. Interesting Trump would make an outrageous claim and threat sure to pull focus the same day Wisconsin forced our primary elections through during what he has claimed to be an apex week for COVID 19 cases and deaths in the US, in order to get a conservative state Supreme Court judge elected, further solidifying their stranglehold on checks and balances for gerrymandering and voter disenchantment, this time reinforced by Brett Kavanaugh and the US Supreme Court, further strengthening potential for GOP/Trump victory in our very important swing state. Probably setting the new low for modern voter suppression and gleeful sadism by the GOP toward dem and PoC voters. Very interesting.

  24. pasdesmots says:

    Let me tell you, Europe will not forget….
    Please, my dear american friends, just make it stop! Its all in your hands in November…..