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President Donald Trump walks down the West Wing colonnade from the Oval Office with Vice President Mike Pence as they arrive to address the daily coronavirus task force briefing in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, on April 14, 2020. Photo by REUTERS/Leah Millis

Trump to halt WHO payments to review past virus warnings on China

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he has directed a halt to U.S. payments to the World Health Organization pending a review of its warnings about the coronavirus and China.

Trump says the outbreak could have been contained at its source and spared lives had the U.N. health agency done a better job investigating reports coming out of China.

The president says the world depends on the World Health Organization to work with countries to make sure accurate information about health threats are shared in a timely manner.

Trump claims the organization failed to carry out its “basic duty” and must be held accountable.

But Trump says the U.S. will continue to engage with the organization in pursuit of what he calls meaningful reforms.

This story is developing and will be updated.

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