John Oliver takes a deep dive into Trump's decision to leave the World Health Organization

Published Oct 19 2020 at 10:56 AM GMT
  • Following a sudden decision from Trump back in July, America is currently on track to leave the World Health Organization (WHO) on July 6, 2021.
  • In the video above from Last Week Tonight, John Oliver takes a look at how that all came about.
  • Oliver starts by explaining what the WHO is and what it does – including its past successes like eradicating smallpox – before moving onto how, exactly, it managed to incur Trump's anger (and why his decision to take America out says less about the WHO's failings and more about the president being "incapable of acknowledging nuance").
  • For example, one of Trump's arguments is that the US pays too much towards the WHO, even though – as Oliver explains – "most of what the US pays each year is voluntary contributions.
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  • Published Oct 19, 2020 10:56 AM GMT