United States President Donald Trump and World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus [EPA]

Republican United States lawmakers called on President Donald Trump on Thursday to withhold payments to the World Health Organization (WHO) until its director-general resigns, backing Trump’s criticism of the agency’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Seventeen of Trump’s fellow Republicans on the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee wrote a letter to Trump supporting his announcement this week that he was withholding funding for the WHO, and saying he should condition the resumption of contributions on the resignation of Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

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Trump drew immediate condemnation on Tuesday from many world leaders and health experts, as well as US Democrats, by saying he would halt US funding

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