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Fauci voices support for World Health Organization after Trump terminates US relationship

June 11, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 16: Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, listens to U.S. President Donald Trump speak at the daily briefing of the White House Coronavirus Task Force in the briefing room at the White House April 16, 2020 in Washington, DC. The president??unveiled the administration???s plans today to ease social distancing requirements after an earlier call with the nation???s governors. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, expressed support for the World Health Organization on Thursday in a significant break from President Donald Trump, who announced last month that the US would terminate its relationship with the world's leading public health body.

(CNN)Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, expressed support for the World Health Organization on Thursday in a significant break from President Donald Trump, who announced last month that the US would terminate its relationship with the world's leading public health body.

Trump's decision to end the US' relationship with the WHO amid a global pandemic drew quick criticism from both sides of the aisle.

His move followed a years-long pattern of skepticism of world organizations, with the President claiming in nearly every circumstance that the US was being taken advantage of.

"Because they have failed to make the requested and greatly needed reforms, we will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization and redirecting those funds to other worldwide and deserving, urgent global public health needs," Trump said last month.

His comments echo the message from the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Robert Redfield, who said last week that his agency continues to collaborate closely with WHO, despite Trump's statements.

But health experts, US lawmakers and world leaders have expressed concern over defunding the organization amid a pandemic.

Patrice Harris, president of the American Medical Association, assailed Trump's decision last month as "senseless" with "significant, harmful repercussions. "

"COVID-19 affects us all and does not respect borders; defeating it requires the entire world working together," Harris said in a statement.

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