The head of the World Health Organization said he “doesn’t care” about attacks against him, following criticism from President Trump that the organization “really blew” its coronavirus response.
Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Wednesday he won’t get involved in mudslinging.
“I don’t care who says what about me. I prepare to focus on saving lives,” Tedros said.
He continued saying, “Why would anyone in their right, conscious mind think about his personal attack, ignoring the bigger challenge that we’re facing as humanity? We don’t do politics in WHO.”
Trump previously accused the organization of pro-China bias and said he was placing a “very powerful hold” on funding to them.
“They called it wrong. They really — they missed the call,” Trump said.
In response to the criticism, Tedros said they’re “doing everything” to fight the virus but conceded that “in the process, we may make mistakes.”
“We aren’t angels. We are human beings, we make mistakes like other human beings,” Tedros said.
He then called on the US and China to prioritize “honest leadership,” saying that “unity is the only option to defeat this virus.”
“The US and China should come together and fight this dangerous enemy,” he said. “They should come together to fight it.”
Tedros also called on world leaders to “quarantine politicizing” as they band together to battle the infectious disease.
He said that he believes that the US will continue to contribute to the WHO — despite Trump’s threats to pull the plug on funding.
“With unity, with solidarity, at the national level, global level, resources will not be a problem,” he said. “We are asking [leaders] to quarantine politicizing. We are asking for genuine solidarity. It will come from all including the US.”
He said failure to work together across the globe on the coronavirus response could be catastrophic.
“We will have many body bags in front of us if we don’t behave,” he said, adding that “when there are cracks at the national level and global level, that’s when the virus succeeds.”
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