May 18, 2020 / 6:12 PM / 13 days ago

U.S. calls China's $2 billion WHO pledge a 'token,' says it must pay more

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Monday said China must pay more than the $2 billion it committed to the World Health Organization, calling the pledge a token to distract from what the Trump administration claims was Beijing’s failure to properly alert the world to the coronavirus outbreak.

China’s commitment “is a token to distract from calls from a growing number of nations demanding accountability for the Chinese government’s failure to meet its obligations ... to tell the truth and warn the world of what was coming,” White House National Security Council spokesman John Ullyot said in a statement.

Reporting by Steve Holland; writing by Susan Heavey; editing by Tim Ahmann

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