On Thursday Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) called for the resignation of the head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, for covering up China’s role in the coronavirus crisis. She talked to Maria Bartiromo of Fox Business: “I’ve never trusted a communist,” McSally said on Thursday, referring to the Chinese communists. “And their cover-up of this virus that originated with them has caused unnecessary deaths around America and around the world.
“The WHO needs to stop covering for them. I think Dr. Tedros needs to step down. We need to take some action to address this issue. It’s just irresponsible, it’s unconscionable what they have done here while we have people dying across the globe.”
Others agree with her.
Analyst Ian Bremmer accused the WHO of “carrying a lot of water for China.” He said the organization wants access “and they want the funding.” They both are correct. The Chinese have tried to protect their national prestige and economic standing by delaying informing the international community on the coronavirus and by spreading false propaganda about it.
McSally calling for the resignation of the WHO chief is a good start. One might go farther and wonder if the WHO remains a credible organization and if the U.S. should remain a member.
When the virus clears there should be economic consequences for the actions of the Chinese. We should look at Chinese membership in international organizations and ask whether the Chinese are using these groups for their own geopolitical interests or acting in the spirit of cooperation.
Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) has taken the lead in Congress to make the Chinese pay a price for their cover ups and dishonesty. As the fall election comes closer, no doubt this will become an issue.
Presumptive Democrat nominee Joe Biden has not done well in getting his message out during the crisis. This will not bode well for him in November.