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International relations

Trump says WHO ignored Taiwan's warning on coronavirus

President attacks organization with Biden's China links in mind

President Donald Trump, joined by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and his daughter Ivanka Trump, an adiviser, participates in a video conference with banking executives on April 7 in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. (Photo courtesy of the White House)

NEW YORK -- U.S. President Donald Trump doubled down on his criticism of the World Health Organization on Friday, suggesting that it wrongly dismissed a year-end alert from Taiwan over the new coronavirus.

"Why did the W.H.O. Ignore an email from Taiwanese health officials in late December alerting them to the possibility that CoronaVirus could be transmitted between humans?" Trump tweeted Friday. "Why did the W.H.O. make several claims about the CoronaVirus that [are] either inaccurate or misleading in January and February, as the Virus spread globally? Why did the W.H.O. wait as long as it did to take decisive action?" he asked, quoting a think tank scholar.

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