Nikki Haley joined a growing group of Republicans demanding an accounting from the head of the World Health Organization (WHO,) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, for why a group founded on the principle that health concerns should transcend politics has become a toadying front for the communist Chinese government.
“The World Health Organization is supposed to represent the world,” wrote Haley, who represented the U.S. in the U.N. from January 2017 until Dec. 31, 2018. “It can’t do that if it continues to bow to the Communist Chinese government. The United States should use the power of the purse to demand critical reforms.”
A good start for those reforms would be for Tedros to be forced to find another line of work – like maybe in the PR office of the People’s Republic of China.
However much Democrats want to attack President Donald Trump for problems with the country’s response to the arrival of the coronavirus on American shores after it traveled around the world from its origins in China, not even the densest critic can defend Tedros’ abysmal performance of his duties.
And it would take the most deranged of the Trump Derangement Syndrome segment of the population to argue that Tedros’ performance did not contribute to the death count the world has witnessed (surpassing 72,000 as of early Monday afternoon, according to Johns Hopkins).
Maybe it’s because of the anti-American stance that seems endemic in officers of the U.N., maybe it’s because Tedros’ own communist background makes him sympathetic to the butchers of the Beijing dictatorship, maybe it’s because he was simply unqualified for the position in the first place, but the reality is that the WHO under Tedros consistently downplayed the deadliness of the threat posed by the coronavirus.
Nikki Haley Calls Out WHO’s Chinese Propaganda
As Haley pointed out, as late as Jan. 14, after Chinese officials knew well that the coronavirus was a contagious killer, the WHO was tweeting out deceitful assurances to the contrary.
“The WHO owes an explanation to the world of why they took China’s word for it,” she wrote. “So much suffering has been caused by the mishandling of information and lack of accountability by the Chinese.”
Other Republican critics were more direct.
Arizona Sen. Martha McSally, locked in a tight re-election race against former astronaut and anti-gun activist Scott Kelly, took to Fox News’ “Mornings with Maria” last week to demand Tedros step down.
“Dr. Tedros deceived the world,” she added in a tweet.
“At one point, he even praised China’s ‘transparency’ during its coronavirus response efforts despite a mountain of evidence showing the regime concealed the severity of the outbreak. This deception cost lives.”
It should be noted that Tedros is not a Dr.