Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
3 minute read
16 Apr 2020
7:20 am

Who does Trump think he’s fooling?

Brian Sokutu

As demonstrated by President Cyril Ramaphosa, no amount of narrow politicking will lead us out of the Covid-19 quagmire.

US President Donald Trump speaks during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, which causes Covid-19, in the Brady Briefing Room at the White House on April 13, 2020, in Washington, DC. Picture: MANDEL NGAN / AFP

What kind of a leader – in the midst of a world reeling from the global impact of the coronavirus pandemic with close to 200,000 deaths – would turn his back on the World Health Organisation (WHO), entrusted with the mammoth responsibility to oversee international public health? US President Donald Trump this week pulled the financial plug on WHO – said to be over $400 million (R7.5 billion) a year – in both membership fees and donations. In what experts and commentators have described as “bizarre and detrimental to public health”, with some referring to “Trump’s desperation to find a...