New York Times Examines Trump’s Withdrawal From WHO, List Of Demands Given To WHO DG Prior To Announcement
New York Times: Trump Gave WHO a List of Demands. Hours Later, He Walked Away.
“In late May, the American ambassador in Geneva, Andrew Bremberg, went on a rescue mission to the World Health Organization headquarters. He told its director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, that despite weeks of threats that President Trump would quit the health organization, the relationship could still be salvaged. Mr. Bremberg hand-delivered a list of seven demands that American officials saw as the beginning of discreet discussions. Hours later, Mr. Trump took the lectern outside the White House and blew it all up, announcing that the United States would leave the WHO. The announcement blindsided his own diplomats and Dr. Tedros alike. … While the Trump administration’s demands are now moot, they offer a glimpse into both the growing American frustration with the WHO and Mr. Trump’s personal grievances. And as Mr. Biden signals a return to multinational diplomacy, the Trump administration’s demands offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the deal-making of a president who favored aggressive, unpredictable moves over more conventional negotiations…” (Apuzzo et al., 11/27).