President Donald Trump is now speaking in the White House Rose Garden, where he is announcing measures aimed at punishing China.
“We will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization and directing those funds” to other global public health charities, Trump says.
“The world is now suffering as a result of the malfeasance of the Chinese government,” he says, adding that China “instigated a global pandemic that has cost over 100,000 American lives”.
China, he says, “pressured the World Health Organization to mislead the world” about the virus.
“Countless lives have been taken and profound economic hardship has been inflicted all around the globe,” he adds.