Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday called for the United States government to stop funding the World Health Organization (WHO), and demanded the organization’s leader resign.
“The World Health Organization (WHO) is broken and corrupt. Its response to the Wuhan Virus pandemic was a failure of historic proportions,” said Sessions in a statement.
Sessions believes the WHO “has become more concerned with spreading political correctness and communist propaganda rather than stopping dangerous diseases.”
Coming out against the WHO is the third plank of Sessions’ “Betting on America” plan, a series of actions the former senator from Alabama thinks are necessary to halt China’s “cold-blooded drive for power.”
Sessions would have the United States cease all funding for the WHO until:
1. The organization’s director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, resigns from his position.
2. Adequate reforms are made that satisfy Sessions’ desire for the WHO to be “a reliable, nonpolitical, and vigorous early warning system for disease outbreaks.”
Sessions argues, “Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is China’s man at the WHO.”
The nonpartisan Council on Foreign Relations confirms that China was “an important ally of Tedros in the WHO’s DG election in 2017.” Though Tedros was also the choice of the Obama administration before the former president left the White House.
Sessions cites as evidence of the WHO’s corruption a long list of actions he believes indicate an overly friendly attitude towards the Chinese government.
In recent weeks, Sessions has become one of the United States’ most vocal opponents of China and the ruling Chinese Communist Party.
He began by blasting the “evil regime” that he believes runs China. In the weeks since, he has unveiled two more planks in his plan to counter that regime.
The first was a call for Congress to appoint a select committee that would lead an international investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.
The second was a call to “Make American medical supplies in America” that he issued earlier this week.
Sessions’ approach to China has become a distinct policy difference between him and his Republican primary runoff opponent for Alabama’s U.S. Senate seat, Tommy Tuberville.
The former Auburn University football coach has said that America “can’t worry about China right now,” adding, We’ve gotta worry about Alabama and this country.”
Tuberville furthermore believes that “nothing ever comes of” the type of congressional investigations for which Sessions has advocated.
The two will face each other at the ballot box on July 14.