Withdrawal from WHO Is Not Inevitable

Logo at the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. (Denis Balibouse/Reuters)
Notwithstanding Trump’s promise to leave, the U.S. still has a chance to remain in the organization — and reform it from within.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he president’s statement on May 29 that he is “terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization” came as no surprise. For over two months, the U.N. agency faced criticism for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic and accusations of covering for the Chinese government’s early failures to deal with the crisis.

But as former State Department lawyer Harold Koh and Georgetown law professor Lawrence Gostin noted in a Foreign Affairs essay last week, withdrawing from the WHO is more complex than just making a statement in the Rose Garden. Pulling the United States out of the organization, as required by

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