Pompeo touts U.S. foreign help against pandemic as Trump threatens #WHO funding
17:25, Thursday, 09 April, 2020
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the United States will lead the world in providing foreign assistance to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus, even as some allies have expressed concerns over Washington's tactics to acquire equipment for its own needs and its failure to ease sanctions during the pandemic.Pompeo's comments also come a day after President Donald Trump said he may cut funding for the World Health Organization (WHO) for what he called its slow response to the coronavirus outbreak. WHO, a specialized United Nations agency, coordinates responses to health emergencies."There is no country in the world that will provide as much aid and assistance through multiple forms as the United States of America will," Pompeo said on a call with European media on April 8."The full range of American capabilities and leadership will be on display as the world moves out of the crisis."The United States has been hit hard by COVID-19, with registered cases skyrocketing in a matter of weeks past 400,000, more than double any country in Europe.