Trump formally cuts ties with World Health Organization, says he’s revoking Hong Kong’s trade perks in rift with China

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said Friday his administration would withdraw from the World Health Organization and move to revoke Hong Kong’s special trading status.

Trump did not give a timeline or specify exactly what privileges would be yanked from Hong Kong, a global financial hub that could see its status tarnished by the move.  

Trump said Hong Kong is notentitled to special treatment by the United States, because it is no longer autonomous from mainland China. He said he would direct his advisers to begin the process of eliminating the “full range” of perks that Hong Kong now enjoys, which includes export controls, tariff exemptions and other benefits. 

Trump also said he would formally end the U.S. relationship with the World Health Organization, blasting the multilateral institution as a tool of China. 

“Chinese officials ignored their reporting obligations to the World Health Organization and pressured the World Health Organization to mislead the world,” Trump said, referring to China’s handling of the coronavirus.

Two women hold up posters of the U.S. flag and a depiction of President Donald Trump, right, during a pro-democracy rally in a shopping mall in Hong Kong on May 28, 2020

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