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More Trump madness

Donald Trump says he’s going to suspend US funding of the World Health Organisation (WHO), claiming it was pro-Chinese and that it had made mistakes that “caused so much death” as the coronavirus plague spread across the globe. Whether the President of the USA has the power to take this action without the approval of Congress remains to be seen. It will certainly be challenged by his Democrat rivals.

The WHO is a United Nations agency whose primary role is to direct international health within the UN system and to lead partners in global health responses. But Trump says that it “failed to adequately obtain, vet and share information in a timely and transparent fashion”, and he claims it “pushed China’s misinformation about the virus, saying it wasn’t communicable and there was no need for travel bans”.

Trump is an immensely vain man with an ego of Neronian proportions. But Nero, at least, had something to boast about. That the brutal Roman emperor was an accomplished poet and sportsman was something even his enemies did not deny. Trump, on the other hand, has nothing to brag about unless one counts his incoherent ravings as some sort of street poetry.

This is the man that Theresa May and Boris Johnson fawned over when he came to London for talks with the Government. This is the leader of the US imperialist system that the Blairites and the rest of Labour’s right-wing admire and uphold. This is a man clearly unfit to hold public office. Last week the WHO’s top official urged leaders against politicising the outbreak “if you don’t want to have many more body bags”.

“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 do not politicise this virus,” Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

He called for unity across the globe, warning that: “If you want to be exploited and if you want to have many more body bags, then you do it. If you don’t want many more body bags, then you refrain from politicising it.”