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Trump considers HOLD on ‘$58m’ WHO funding over its ‘China-centric’ view of coronavirus crisis

PRESIDENT Donald Trump has announced that he is considering putting a hold on the $58 million World Health Organization coronavirus funding.

Speaking on Tuesday, Trump announced the hold before revising his position when quizzed about the timing of withdrawing funds during the global pandemic.

"I said we'd look at it", Trump said - after announcing to reporters a "powerful hold" on US government contributions to the WHO.

During the press conference, the president said the organization receives "vast amounts of money from the United States," but said he is going to put a "very powerful hold" on the country's financial aid.

Trump also mentioned that WHO "critized and disagreed with my travel ban... they were wrong... they've been wrong about a lot of things."

Talking about the organization's knowledge of coronavirus, Trump said: "We pay for a majority, the biggest portion of their money and they actually critized and disagreed with my travel ban at the time I did it.

"And they were wrong - they've been wrong about a lot of things.

"They seem to be very China-centric. They missed the call.

"They could have called it months earlier. They would have known.

"And they should have known. And they probably did know."

Later in the press conference, Trump announced that WHO "really called every aspect of it wrong".

The news comes just hours after the president savaged the organization for giving "faulty" advice during the coronavirus outbreak on Twitter.

The world health body faces growing criticism for its handling of the crisis and for its perceived closeness to the Communist government in Beijing.

In a Twitter post he said: "The W.H.O. really blew it.

"For some reason, funded largely by the United States, yet very China centric. We will be giving that a good look.

"Fortunately I rejected their advice on keeping our borders open to China early on. Why did they give us such a faulty recommendation?"

The coronavirus death toll in the US stands at 10,943.

The amount of confirmed cases is currently 367,650 in the country.

However, at least 19,810 have recovered from the deadly virus.

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