Donald Trump has notified Congress and the United Nations (UN) the US will be formally withdrawing from the World Health Organisation.
Democrat Senator Robert Menendez from the Foreign Relations Committee, confirmed the withdrawal on Twitter and warned the decision would put American lives at risk.
He said: “Congress received notification that POTUS officially withdrew the US from the @WHO in the midst of a pandemic.
“To call Trump’s response to COVID chaotic & incoherent doesn’t do it justice.
“This won’t protect American lives or interests—it leaves Americans sick & America alone.”
The US President announced his intension to withdraw funding from the WHO in May.
This is a developing news story, more to follow.