Washington, D.C. – The Congressional Black Caucus released the following statement on President Trump's announcement to withdraw from the World Health Organization (WHO): "The move to withdraw from the World Health Organization (WHO) in the midst of a pandemic highlights this administration’s gross mismanagement of this global health emergency and a complete abdication of international responsibility and leadership.
As past administrations have done successfully before, we should be investing in our response capacity and rallying the entire world to respond in a unified fashion to the crisis before us. To abandon this international effort as our death toll continues to rise past 130,000 is abhorrent. What is required is a comprehensive, global response.
The WHO plays a vital role in supporting and enforcing international health regulations, educating the public, and strengthening the ability of health systems to prevent, detect, and respond to outbreaks.
Retreating from global health institutions at this time will only hinder our ability to fight the Coronavirus and put our national security and American lives at risk. This is the time to work with the international community to defeat this coronavirus. This is yet another attempt to shift the blame away from the administration’s failure to adequately handle this crisis and listen to its own public health advisors."