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Hillary Clinton criticizes Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic and choice to withdraw from the WHO

Former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

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WASHINGTON – Former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton put down the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic and slammed her decision to quit the World Health Organization.

"There is a lot of really important work that needs to be done and the United States needs to be right in the middle of it. You cannot be indifferent or even disdainful of international efforts and expect us to do it." Use us for yourself, "Clinton told a virtual audience during an interview hosted by the Atlantic Council.

"We should have intense diplomatic discussions with health professionals, logistics experts and others about how we can finally get to a safe and effective vaccine, or maybe even more than one, and then manage the distribution of the vaccine so that we try to get it . " The world together to defeat the pandemic does not allow the vaccine nationalism that is going on right now, "Clinton said.

Last month, the Trump administration sent the United States Secretary-General its request to withdraw from the World Health Organization by July 6, 2021, a senior administrative official confirmed to CNBC.

The announcement to the United Nations was the first step in a year-long process that will be based on several factors beyond Trump's control, including the collaboration of Congress and the presidential re-election in November, neither of which is insured.

Suspected Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden previously said that if he defeated Trump in November, he would allow the US to rejoin WHO on the first day of his presidency.

Earlier this month, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he hoped the United States would reconsider its decision to leave the United Nations health organization, adding that the coronavirus will not be defeated "in a world divided" could.

"The problem is not the money. It is not the funding that is the problem. It is actually the relationship with the US that is more important and its overseas leadership," Ghebreyesus told a virtual audience at the Aspen Security Forum.

The Trump administration's move to withdraw from the WHO comes because coronavirus cases in the US hit nearly 5.5 million, according to a record by Johns Hopkins University. Globally, the virus has infected around 21.7 million people and killed more than 775,900 people. At least 170,000 people have died in the United States alone.

"Let's hope individual nations learn lessons. But let's also hope that together we can put together a more robust and faster international response and get every nation to join in so that you don't play the role of a nation." They know that in the midst of a potential pandemic, you must also suspend and rule out investigations by international experts. We need to be more open and transparent, "said Clinton.

The Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, will take part in a press conference on the situation of the coronavirus (COVID-2019) in Geneva on February 28, 2020.

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In April, Trump said he had suspended US funding for the organization pending a review, citing what he described as "the World Health Organization's role in the serious mismanagement and cover-up of the spread of the coronavirus".

A month later, he announced his intention to leave the organization amid the coronavirus pandemic, citing the WHO's so-called abuse of funding and its cozy relationship with China.

"China is in total control of the World Health Organization, even though it only pays $ 40 million a year compared to what the United States paid, which is roughly $ 450 million a year," Trump said during his remarks in the Rose Garden.

"We have detailed the reforms they need to implement and be in direct contact with, but they have refused to act. Failing to implement the requested and much needed reforms, today we are going to end and redirect our relationship with the World Health Organization these funds for other worldwide and deserved urgent, global public health needs, "he added at the time.

Following Trump's Rose Garden remarks in May, the State Department began diverting funds from the World Health Organization to other global health organizations.

"It was clear to the president that WHO must work together. This begins with demonstrating significant progress and the ability to prevent, detect and respond to infectious disease outbreaks with transparency and accountability," a State Department spokesman wrote in an e- Mail statement to CNBC in July.

"The United States will continue efforts to reform WHO and other international organizations to ensure they operate transparently, fulfill their mandates and hold governments accountable for their international legal obligations."

However, Clinton warned that the administration's tough approach would not help resolve the nation's crisis.

"I would wish that instead of the behavior we are currently seeing from the Trump administration, we see a more thoughtful, smarter, and more cooperative collaboration because that's what it takes."

The White House did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment.

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