CNN anchor Christiane Amanpour was heavily criticized after comparing President Trump's decision to pulling the funding the United States provides to the World Health Organization because of their mishandling and coverup of COVID-19 during the early stages of the pandemic.
Amanpour said cutting off funding to the WHO during the ongoing pandemic is akin to "pulling the plug on firefighters in the aftermath of 9/11."
Defunding @WHO in the middle of a pandemic is like pulling the plug on firefighters in the aftermath of 9/11.— Christiane Amanpour (@camanpour) April 15, 2020
The comparison is nonsensical given how 9/11 first responders were not involved in the planning and execution of the terrorist attack that killed almost 3,000 Americans in a single day.
The WHO, on the other hand, either knew about the seriousness of the disease and still downplayed the gravity of the situation because they are beholden to the Chinese Communist Party, or they foolishly trusted in China's word about the virus despite the country's lies about past outbreaks to save face.
Either way, the WHO has a lot to answer for. Even still, they came out against the travel restrictions Trump put in place in an early attempt to delay the virus from reaching the United States.
"We reiterate our call to all countries not to impose restrictions that unnecessarily interfere with international travel and trade.— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) February 4, 2020
Such restrictions can have the effect of increasing fear and stigma, with little public health benefit"-@DrTedros #2019nCoV #EB146
Amanpour got a lot of responses pointing out how ridiculous it was to make such a comparison.
Firefighters were heroes on 9/11. WHO is a tool of the Chinese Communist Party. Just like you. https://t.co/LsPKoZLKRM— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) April 15, 2020
To pretend @WHO is doing anything like the heroic work firefighters did after 9/11 is either gross ignorance or gross dishonesty. @WHO was telling countries on Jan. 30th not to restrict travel. That undoubtedly caused more infections & death. Glad Trump didn’t listen to them! https://t.co/fuvlQhBQsP— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) April 15, 2020
How are there so many dumb people? https://t.co/gQ9q5UqoJ7— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) April 15, 2020
it’s not but enlightening you think so little of firefighters and medical personnel in hospitals https://t.co/UJWGgtqC2K— Joe Gabriel Simonson (@SaysSimonson) April 15, 2020
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