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Journalist and television host Christiane Amanpour set herself up for fiery backlash after her ridiculous take on President Trump’s decision to defund the WHO.
The CNN anchor was slammed on social media when she took a shot the president, comparing his move to suspend the Unites States’ funding of the World Health Organization to “pulling the plug” on first responders on September 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
“Defunding @WHO in the middle of a pandemic is like pulling the plug on firefighters in the aftermath of 9/11,” Amanpour tweeted Wednesday.
Trump announced Tuesday that he was halting funding to the United Nations agency in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, and as it has come increasingly under fire for its initial mishandling of the outbreak which began in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
— China is lying (@jtLOL) April 15, 2020
“With the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have deep concerns whether America’s generosity has been put to the best use possible,” Trump said during the coronavirus press briefing at the White House.
“This is an evaluation period,” Trump said. “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.”
“We have an investigation underway and we will find out what exactly went on,” he added.
President @realDonaldTrump is halting funding of the World Health Organization while a review is conducted to assess WHO’s role in mismanaging the Coronavirus outbreak. pic.twitter.com/jTrEf4WWj0
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) April 14, 2020
Taiwan this week accused the World Health Organization of pandering to China while ignoring the threat of person-to-person spread of the coronavirus months ago, releasing an email from December that was ignored by the agency.
The uproar over Trump’s decision echoed internationally as the European Union and others, as well as Democrats in the U.S., condemned the move.
“During the worst public health crisis in a century, halting funding to the World Health Organization is a dangerous step in the wrong direction that will not make defeating COVID-19 easier,” American Medical Association President Patrice A. Harris said in a statement.
Amanpour joined the pile up, blasting Trump for the move and its timing. But her unfortunate take involving 9/11 firefighters unleashed a torrent of rebukes from Twitter users.
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
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
I don’t recall NYC firefighters standing outside the World Trade Center and telling people it was perfectly safe to enter while it was collapsing.
— Sainte Beatrix (@BeatrixSainte) April 15, 2020
The WHO didn’t do a thing and are shilling out for China.
Firefighters ran into a burning building to save people’s lives and many didn’t make it out.
Stop with these stupid F*cking comparisons.
— Joey Saladino (@JoeySalads) April 15, 2020
The analogy only if firefighters had spent two months telling us that the dust from the two towers was completely benign.
— RedMenaceTaylor (@MenaceTaylor) April 15, 2020
If my house was on fire and the firefighters showed up and sprayed gas on it while telling me the fire’s nothing to worry about, then yes. I would cancel them.
— Angus T. Kirk (@angusparvo) April 15, 2020
Stop politicking. Frontline healthworkers are the only parallel to 9/11 firefighters.
— Ataraxis (@ataraxisfinch) April 15, 2020
How are there so many dumb people? https://t.co/gQ9q5UqoJ7
— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) April 15, 2020
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