House Launches Inquiry After Trump’s WHO Decision

The House committee charged with oversight of foreign affairs is launching an inquiry into the Trump administration’s decision to halt funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) amid the coronavirus pandemic, the top Democrat on the panel announced Monday.

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), in a letter sent to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, is demanding the State Department hand over records and information dealing with the decision to halt funding to the global health body.

The chairman is requesting the State Department provide communication between the agency, the White House and related institutions around the discussion to halt funding and its legal argument for the move, and stretching back to Dec. 1.

Engel, in the letter, called the WHO an “imperfect” organization but said that that cutting funding to the world health agency at the forefront of the global response to COVID-19  is “counter productive and puts lives at risk.”

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