China Donates $30 Million to World Health Organization in Show of 'Support' After Trump Pulls Funding

China announced Thursday that it would donate $30 million to the World Health Organization to "show support" to the United Nations' health agency.

"China and its people will show support and confidence to WHO by this donation," Geng Shuang, the deputy director for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs told the press, according to a report by the Nikkei Asian Review, a Japanese newspaper. Chinese contributions to the WHO now total $50 million for the past month.

Geng also commended the WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus for "playing an important role in encouraging international cooperation to prevent the spread of the virus."

The gesture comes after President Donald Trump announced he would pull funding from WHO April 14, citing that his administration is investigating the actions taken by the agency early on in the pandemic.

"Today I am instructing my administration to halt funding of the World Health Organization while a review is conducted to assess the World Health Organization's role in severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the coronavirus," Trump said at the time.

The president said the U.S. provides "between $400 million and $500 million" to the WHO annually, which the agency confirmed amounts to about 16 percent of their funding, according to the Nikkei Asian Review.

"As the [WHO's] leading sponsor, the United States has a duty to insist on full accountability," Trump said.

The president derided the WHO's criticism of his move to halt travel from China to the U.S, a decision recommended to the president by Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Fauci has said on multiple occasions that banning travel from China, which was the epicenter of the pandemic early on, helped slow the spread of the infection.

"The reality is that the WHO failed to adequately obtain, vet, and share information in a timely and transparent fashion. The world depends on the WHO to work with countries to ensure that accurate information about international health threats is shared in a timely manner and if it's not to independently tell the world the truth as to what is happening. The WHO failed in this basic duty and must be held accountable," the president said.

Trump also pointed to comments made by the WHO in January that said COVID-19 was not transmittable through human-to-human contact, and the agency's failure to follow up with "credible" sources in China that contradicted official government statements.

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A photo taken on March 11, 2020 shows World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attending a press briefing on COVID-19 at the WHO headquarters in Geneva. (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP) (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images) FABRICE COFFRINI/Getty