Trump’s Demands Were More Like “Blackmail” Than A Negotiation With W.H.O.

  • In the early days of the pandemic, President Trump tried to handle the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) as if were just another business transaction. He likely did not bank on Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus’ refusal to comply.
  • According to The New York Times, Trump had Andrew Bremberg, the American ambassador in Geneva, to deliver a list of seven demands to Tedros. He reportedly was not pleased when Tedros refused to negotiate.
  • Lawrence Gostin, a Georgetown University law professor and longtime W.H.O. adviser, shared his opinion of the tension filled relationship between both parties after reviewing Trump’s list of demands. “It was an enormous backfire, and it was bound to be,” Gostin said. “It wasn’t a negotiation. It was blackmail.”

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