The drumbeat to defund U.S. support for the World Health Organization (WHO) continues to grow louder.
Senator Lindsey Graham is the latest leader to join the call.
Graham wants to completely cut off all U.S. funding to WHO unless there is a change in its leadership.
The United States provides the most financial support of any country to WHO, accounting for 14.67 percent of its yearly funding budget.
Currently, the U.S. gives $122.6 million a year to WHO. Trump's 2021 budget would have slashed that down to $57.9 million per year.
Now, Senators such as Lindsey Graham want that to be $0 unless there is radical change at WHO.
More details on this developing story below:
The WHO has been widely criticized for its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Early during the breakout, the organization blindly repeated false claims provided by the Chinese government.
One of these claims was that the novel coronavirus was unable to pass from person-to-person.
Of course, this claim has been proven false.
Furthermore, the WHO appears to be behaving as an apologize for the communist Chinese government, Graham says.
Fox News has more details on Senator Graham's push to defund WHO:
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Tuesday that the World Health Organization (WHO) should not receive funding from the United States under its current leadership, accusing the global health agency of covering for China's mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic.
"[In]the next appropriations bill, there's not going to be any money for the WHO," Graham said on "The Story with Martha MacCallum". "I'm in charge of the appropriations subcommittee. I'm not going to support funding the WHO under its current leadership. They've been deceptive. They've been slow and they've been Chinese apologists.
"I don't think they're a good investment, under the current leadership, for the United States," Graham added. "And until they change their behavior and get new leadership, I think it's in America's best interests to withhold funding because they have failed miserably when it comes to the coronavirus."
Graham was responding to President Trump's comments during Tuesday's coronavirus task force press briefing, during which he said, "We’re going to put a hold on the money sent to the WHO.”
"They had a lot of information early. They seem to be very China-centric. And we have to look into that," Trump said Tuesday. "So, we're going to look into it and we're going to put a hold on money spent to the WHO. We're going to put a very powerful hold on it."
While Democrats attempt to slam President Trump's coronavirus reponse, the U.S. response has been faster and more robust than the WHO's ability to prevent international spread.
The WHO has also been lax on China, despite the fact that the virus originated there and that the Chinese government did not allow outside authorities to enter and help control and investigate the virus.
This is why Lindsey Graham has called the growing chorus of voicing wanting the U.S. to stop funding WHO.
Meanwhile, Senator Graham has been making sure medical staff and first responders get the praise they deserve.
Senator Graham's public comments on WHO come after President Trump called the organization "China-centric."
Democrats appear to blame the virus on President Trump, while excusing the country where it originated.
Newsweek reports that Republicans such as Graham are beginning to unite behind Trump's threats against WHO:
His pledge echoes a similar threat made by U.S. President Donald Trump during Tuesday's White House coronavirus briefing.
Trump called the WHO "China-centric" and said, "[The WHO] could have called it months earlier. They would have known and they should have known and they probably did not. So we'll be looking into that very carefully. We're gonna put a hold on money spent to the WHO... We're going to take a look at it.... and we're going to see. It's a great thing if it works, but when they call every shot wrong, that's not good."
When asked what he meant by "China-centric," Trump responded, "They seem to come down on the side of China." As proof, Trump cited the WHO's praise of China's efforts to contain the virus and Ghebreyesus' public disagreement with Trump's decision to limit travel from China to the U.S. on January 31. Ghebreyesus stated he believed the ban would "have the effect of increasing fear and stigma, with little public health benefit."
The WHO also opposed Trump's repeatedly calling COVID-19 "the Chinese virus," saying that such language stigmatizes ethnic Chinese people and conflates them with the ongoing epidemic.
Senators Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) have also called for Ghebreyesus to step down for allegedly facilitating a Chinese cover-up on coronavirus data.
Multiple diseases began and spread from China in recent decades.
COVID-19 is the first one to create the kind of global destruction we're seeing today.
It's time that China's meat markets were shut down and proper hygiene measures are put in place to make sure this never happens again.
The WHO should be spearheading these efforts, but it appears they're more interested in helping China save face.