Lowey Statement on Trump's Dangerous Termination of the U.S. Relationship with the World Health Organization

May 29, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester), Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement after President Trump announced he is ending the United States' involvement with the World Health Organization (WHO):   

“The president’s termination of the U.S. relationship with the WHO will put Americans further at risk from not only the coronavirus, but other infectious diseases and their resulting domestic and global economic impacts.

“The WHO is the world's early warning system for infectious diseases. Terminating the United States' relationship with the WHO will have far-reaching effects in malaria, polio and measles immunization campaigns, as well as support for AIDS relief. Now, during a global pandemic that has cost over 100,000 American lives, is not the time to put the country further at risk.

“The president wants to blame everyone else – the WHO, Twitter, the media – when his own shortcomings as a leader are contributing to harm and further dividing us here at home and among global partners.”