President Trump halting payments to World Health Organization

President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the White House, Tuesday, April 14, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he has directed a halt to U.S. payments to the World Health Organization pending a review of its warnings about the coronavirus and China.

Trump said the outbreak could have been contained at its source and spared lives had the U.N. health agency done a better job investigating reports coming out of China.

The president said the world depends on the World Health Organization to work with countries to make sure accurate information about health threats are shared in a timely manner.

Trump claimed the organization failed to carry out its ``basic duty'' and must be held accountable, but Trump said the U.S. will continue to engage with the organization in pursuit of what he calls meaningful reforms.