The US is one of the World Health Organisation’s biggest financial backers. In February, Mr Trump’s administration had called for America’s contribution to be slashed from $122.6m (£99.5m) to $57.9m (£47m).
Bill Gates has said Donald Trump’s decision to stop US funding of the World Health Organisation “during a world health crisis” is as “dangerous as it sounds”.
The Microsoft founder tweeted:”Their work is slowing the spread of COVID-19 and if that work is stopped no other organization can replace them. The world needs @WHO now more than ever.”
Donald Trump had said that the global health body had “failed in its basic duty and it must be held accountable” for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
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He blamed the group for promoting China’s “disinformation” about the virus in the days following the initial outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
The virus – which has infected almost two million people worldwide – could have been contained at its source if the WHO had been better at investigating the initial reports that came from China, Mr Trump said.
But he added that the US will continue to engage with the organisation to pursue what he described as meaningful reforms.