April 15, 2020 / 10:36 AM / in a month

EU 'deeply regrets' Trump's cut to WHO funding, says unjustified

FILE PHOTO: European Union flags fly outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union joined worldwide condemnation of U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to halt funding to the World Health Organization, saying on Wednesday it was unjustified during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Deeply regret U.S. decision to suspend funding to WHO. There is no reason justifying this move at a moment when their efforts are needed more than ever,” EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Twitter.

The United States is the WHO’s biggest overall donor.

Reporting by Robin Emmott; Editing by Toby Chopra

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