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Trump orders suspension of US funding to WHO amid pandemic

Washington DC / The president of the United States ordered Tuesday the suspension of his government’s funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Today I’m instructing my administration to halt funding of the World Health Organization while a review is conducted to assess the World Health Organization’s role in severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the coronavirus,” Donald Trump announced during a press conference at the White House.

Trump justified his decision by using the WHO’s opposition to the closure of borders to combat the spread of the virus. He also blamed the organization for not having acted sooner and for having not only trusted, but also having “praised” the Chinese government.

“As the organization’s leading sponsor, the United States has a duty to insist on full accountability,” Trump said, adding that Washington contributes $400-500 million annually, while China contributes about $40 million.

According to data from the organization itself, for the 2016-2017 period, the US provided 76 percent of voluntary contributions, which represent more than three-quarters of the Geneva-based organization’s budget.

“With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have deep concerns whether America’s generosity has been put to the best use possible,” added the president.

Trump, who banned passengers arriving from China in late January, called it “disastrous” and “dangerous” for the WHO to oppose travel restrictions from China and other nations.

“Fortunately, I was not convinced and suspended travel from China saving untold numbers of lives,” the president said.

The US leader accused the WHO of putting “political correctness above life-saving measures.”

Trump also said that if the WHO had done its job correctly, COVID-19 could have been “contained” in its origin in the Chinese city of Wuhan, with very few deaths and limited economic consequences.

A week ago Trump threatened to suspend US funding to the WHO, accusing it of having a “bias” toward China and of being “wrong” about COVID-19, although he acknowledged that doing so in the midst of a pandemic was perhaps not the most appropriate thing.

In response to these criticisms, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus asked to “quarantine” any attempt to politicize the pandemic by calling for national unity and international solidarity to cope with the emergency.

“I was a politician; I know how difficult this could be; I know it. Although it’s difficult it’s the right thing to do. At the end of the day the people belong to all political parties. The focus of all political parties should be to save their people. Please don’t politicize this virus,” said the Director of WHO, a microbiologist who was Ethiopia’s minister of health and foreign affairs. (April 14, 2020, EFE/PracticaEspañol)

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Question 1
En el texto se dice que...
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Trump desmintió que tenga la intención de dejar de financiar a la OMS.
B
el presidente de EE.UU. alabó a la OMS por cómo está gestionando la crisis causada por el COVID-19.
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la OMS dejará de recibir fondos por parte de EE.UU.
Question 2
Según el texto...
A
Trump descarta por completo que la OMS haya hecho un mal uso del dinero que recibe de EE.UU.
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días atrás Trump ya mostró su descontento con la OMS por cómo está gestionando esta pandemia.
C
Trump no cree que la OMS haya estado ocultando información sobre la expansión del COVID-19.
Question 3
En el texto se dice que...
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hay más de seiscientos mil casos registrados de COVID-19 en EE.UU.
B
no es cierto que se hayan registrado nuevos casos de coronavirus en EE.UU.
C
la capital de EE.UU. es el actual epicentro de la pandemia.
Question 4
Según el texto...
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aún el Congreso de EE.UU. no ha aprobado ninguna medida económica para hacer frente a la crisis causada por el coronavirus.
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las principales aerolíneas de EE.UU. despedirán a más de la mitad de la plantilla por haber tenido muchas pérdidas a causa de esta epidemia.
C
unas aerolíneas estadounidenses serán rescatadas por EE.UU. ya que esta pandemia ha afectado seriamente a este sector.
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Por ahora no se ha registrado ningún deceso en Dakota del Sur por COVID-19.
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No se sabe.
B
Así es.
C
En absoluto.
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En el vídeo se ve que...
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hay varias ambulancias aparcadas en la calle.
B
todo el mundo lleva mascarillas para evitar contagios por COVID-19.
C
Trump hizo esas declaraciones en el interior de un edificio.
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