President Donald Trump on Monday sent a four-page letter to Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization, threatening to permanently freeze U.S. funding to the United Nations agency in the midst of a global pandemic that has made international cooperation as crucial as ever.

The timing of the letter added to its shock value: Trump sent out a tweet at 10:55 p.m. Monday, in the midst of WHO’s annual assembly, announcing that he’d sent the letter. The tweet included the letter’s full text and stated that his allegations of incompetence on the part of WHO were “self-explanatory.”

WHO responded cautiously: “We have of course received the letter, and we are looking into it,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of WHO, said at a press conference Wednesday.

Here is the full text of the letter:


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