Trump backward-shifts blame by announcing US leaving WHO in yet another distraction

Donald Trump has said he is terminating the nation’s relationship with the World Health Organization. Trump, who has threatened to withhold funding from the organisation, says the US will redirect funds to other bodies.

This announcement is within the tactical measures Trump has adopted for his reelection campaign, hoping to blame China for his inaction that resulted in at least 36,000 to 61,000 deaths as the US COVID-19 death toll approaches 103,000.

Trump even made an oblique reference to Hong Kong in today’s statement in which he did not allow for press questions, lest he need to comment on his view of street protests in Minnesota that resulted in one death and the torching of a police precinct building.

President Donald Trump took zero questions from reporters Friday after three days of escalating nationwide protests over police violence and the death of George Floyd.

At what the White House had described as a news conference Friday afternoon, Trump read a statement in the Rose Garden criticizing China and saying the U.S. was “terminating” its relationship with the World Health Organization over its response to the coronavirus. The president made no mention of the protests, nor did he take any queries from the press.

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“The defendant had his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds in total. Two minutes and 53 seconds of this was after Mr. Floyd was non-responsive.”

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Earlier Friday, Trump had tweeted about the protests in Minneapolis in response to the death of George Floyd, a Black man who pleaded “I can’t breathe” as a white police officer knelt on his neck. The president called the largely Black protesters “thugs” and threatened them with state-sanctioned violence, saying “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” (Twitter applied a “glorifying violence” label to Trump’s tweet for violating its rules.) www.huffpost.com/…

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