Alexander opposes Trump move on WHO

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Maryville) attends an event at the state Capitol in Nashville on Dec. 17, 2018. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander is speaking out against President Donald Trump’s move to withdraw the United States’ membership in the World Health Organization.

Alexander (R-Maryville) is the chair of the Senate Health, Education, Pension, and Labor Committee. Here’s what he said on the WHO decision:

I disagree with the president’s decision. Certainly there needs to be a good, hard look at mistakes the World Health Organization might have made in connection with coronavirus, but the time to do that is after the crisis has been dealt with, not in the middle of it. Withdrawing U.S. membership could, among other things, interfere with clinical trials that are essential to the development of vaccines, which citizens of the United States as well as others in the world need. And withdrawing could make it harder to work with other countries to stop viruses before they get to the United States. If the administration has specific recommendations for reforms of the WHO, it should submit those recommendations to Congress, and we can work together to make those happen.

While critics tend to label the retiring senator a moderate, FiveThirtyEight.com rates him among one of the more likely members to vote with the president at 90.3% of the time. Tennessee’ junior senator, Marsha Blackburn of Brentwood, votes with Trump 91.9% of the time, according the site. Here’s where some senators rate in relation

  • Cruz (R-Texas): 92.4%
  • Blackburn (R-Tenn.): 91.9%
  • Scott (R-Fla.): 91.9%
  • Rubio (R-Fla.): 90.8%
  • Alexander (R-Tenn.): 90.3%
  • Cotton (R-Ark.): 87.7%
  • Graham (R-S..C.): 87.1%
  • Romney (R-Utah): 81.1%
  • Paul (R-Ky.): 69.6%

41 Responses to Alexander opposes Trump move on WHO

  • David Collins says:

    Better late than never, I suppose. I didn’t think Lamar Alexander had the grit to publicly criticize the idiot presently occupying the White House. But I guess Trump’s downward dive in every poll (even on his own network, Fox) gave him the courage to speak out.

  • Ken says:

    Yes, Sen. Alexander needed to speak out against this autocrat President long before now. But Sen. Alexander made us a great governor and is a truly decent individual — an example of what makes for a real American patriot the quality of which that which Trump will never attain. Kudos to you, David, for your earlier observation. Lamar just couldn’t bring himself to say bad against the policies of his party’s Presidential.

  • Lance Persson says:

    I totally disagree with David Collins comments. Alexander has been a major factor in the downward quality of our education education policies. He has shown himself to be a progressive who doesn’t have the integrity to even follow the rules he wrote in the book he wrote as a young politician. (i.e. Only serve 2 terms). Alexander follows the same progressive trend in his statement about the WHO. I fully support our GREAT president, president Trump. I may not agree with everything he says but I sure am impressed with his guts and wisdom in doing what is best for the American people without regard for doing what others say is politically correct.

  • Stuart I. Anderson says:

    Though neither Chairman Manny nor Hagerty are conservatives unless we have exceedingly bad luck either will be much more conservative than Lamar (Heritage-51%) who continues to be such a squishy embarrassment to this state even in the waning days of his time in office. If we can parlay Lamar’s going with Timothy Hill’s (ACU-88%) replacing the oh so forgettable Phil Roe (Heritage-69%) the rightward march of the Tennessee Republican delegation to Congress will continue.

  • Charles says:

    Finally Senator Alexander has spoken up. The world needs all the help it can get to fight the virus. This is not the time to abandon the World Health Organization. This directive will work against the health of people in the United States as well as the world. Republicans cannot expect Trump to win re-election if they allow him to continue making enemies of everyone with a brain.

  • James White says:

    We not only need to get out of WHO , we need to get out of the Communist United Nations.

    • Perry Aubric says:

      Hahahahaha. You are such a fringe dweller.

      • James White says:

        “I need not be a member of the United Nations Secretariat to know that the UN ‘blueprint’ is a Communist one. I was at the Moscow headquarters of the world Communist party for nearly three years and was acquainted with most of the top leaders…. I went to their colleges; I learned their pattern of operations, and if I see that pattern in effect anywhere, I can recognize it….
        “From the point of view of its master designers meeting at Dumbarton Oaks and Bretton Woods, and which included such masterful agents as Alger Hiss, Harry Dexter White, Lauchlin Currie, and others, the UN was, and is, not a failure. They and the Kremlin masterminds behind them never intended the UN as a peace-keeping organization. What they had in mind was a fancy and colossal Trojan horse…. Its [the UN’s] internal setup, Communist designed, is a pattern for sociological conquest; a pattern aimed to serve the purpose of Communist penetration of the West. It is ingenious and deceptive.” ~ Joseph Z. Kornfeder, former top member of the Communist Party of America, in a speech before the Congress of Freedom, Veterans War Memorial Auditorium, San Francisco, April, 1955 (1)
        Notes:
        1. Griffin, G. Edward, The Fearful Master (Boston: Western Islands, 1964), end of Chapter 10.

  • Eddie White says:

    I don’t always agree with Sen Alexander, but I do believe he is a person of integrity. He has served our state long and well. Anyone from Blount County can’t be all bad! I do appreciate the fact that he has voted with the president 90 percent of the time. I have not been very excited about the gentleman running to replace him, however I have decided to vote for Dr Manny. He at least seems to have an understanding of the cultural wars currently going on in this country. He seems to be running a better and more focused campaign. Hagerty seems less authentic.

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Slight correction Eddie. “[Chris Devaney] at least seems to have an understanding of the cultural wars currently going on in this country.” As a fellow conservative political junky I am disappointed seeing you place so much stock in political campaign ads in making your choice regarding which candidate to support. Do you think rough tough Chairman Manny has the Chinese Communists shaking in their boots because his ads promise that he will lead the fight against their abuses?

      • John says:

        Do you think rough tough William Francis Hagerty IV has the Chinese Communists shaking in their boots because his ads promise that he will lead the fight against their abuses in his Italian slip-on tassled loafers?

        • Stuart I. Anderson says:

          Again John you seem determined to miss the point I make over and over again. There are no conservatives running in this U. S. Senate race. I agree that Hagerty’s ads are as ridiculous as The Chairman’s when he playacts being a conservative in response to Sethi’s ads. Centrist/tepid conservative Republicans are simply not very impressive or inspiring political specimen, that’s why they have to playact being conservatives come election time in order to motivate people to vote for them.

          Once again, given there is no conservative candidate running in this race the only thing for conservatives to do is to vote AGAINST Chairman Manny in order to punish him for doing absolutely nothing to help the conservative movement despite his great wealth and now expecting conservatives to help him get elected to high office. This, in order to teach plutocrats with plans to run as table pounding conservatives in the future to start establishing a conservative record now.

  • Not that Stuart guy says:

    Glad to see Lamar! grow some spine in his waning days. Leaving the WHO was a reckless move based seemingly on nothing more than spite. The present crisis shows more than ever that the world needs to work together effectively to tackle global issues. Leaving world organizations obviously hurts our ability to do that.

    As for the Senate race, it’s looking like the traitor in the White House will be gone in November, potentially taking the GOP senate with him. Might want to give James Mackler a look if y’all like having members of the majority in your delegation.

    • Eddie White says:

      You are probably correct that we will have a new president in Nov. I congratulate the Democrats for unifying behind their candidate. The country seems to be turning to the left. Your accusation that Trump is a traitor is way of base. Trump has stood by the policies he ran on, and he speaks his own mind. It was refreshing while it lasted. There will be a big difference in Biden and Trump in how they govern.

      • Stuart I. Anderson says:

        My gosh Eddie, it’s July 8th. Surely you are not ready to throw in the towel already?!?! Biden has been hiding in his basement as his handlers look for any excuse to keep him away from a microphone and he has not even chosen the indigestible specimen that will be his co-president as yet.

        Please Eddie, Trump and the Republicans have been hiding in the tall grass up to now. They think they are being crafty but when the polls continue to show the insanity of their strategy surely they will emerge and act kinda, sorta like a political party interested in being elected.

        • Eddie White says:

          You may be right about some Republicans, but Donald J Trump has been cutting grass on a daily basis including today.

      • MARLE says:

        Candidate Trump ran on some pretty specific Domestic fiscal policies and has failed to deliver on those involving the Fed, taxes, deficit/debt which in my book are pretty important issues. In addition he has mismanaged the Covid crap including putting Fauci & Birx in charge for the initial months that set the tone and governed policies. And he is further mismanaging the BLM problems.

        Other than all of the above, he’s doing swell and keeping ALL of his promises.

        • Eddie White says:

          So go vote for Biden. You are a pretend conservative at best whose post make little sense most of the time.

          • MARLE says:

            You flatter me by saying that my posts make little sense to You. Thanks for that! Voting for Republicans for every office for 50 years does not make me pretend. Trump is a hot mess but the fact that Biden is worse will have me voting, yet again, as I always have…..in spite of his breaking so many fiscal promises.

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Paging Perry Aubric!!! Paging Perry Aubric!!!! I think we have another “fringe dweller.” Did you catch that, “. . .it’s looking like the traitor in the White House. . . .” Just trying to help Perry in case your anti-fringe dweller radar is not as finally calibrated to catch idiotic statements coming from the left.

  • Susan E Gingrich #Patriots Reborn says:

    It concerns me that neither leading republican candidate for Senate earned endorsement from the Senate Conservative Fund, but I understand why RINO Alexander never would. Thank you President Trump for truly putting Americans first by ending the association with WHO, another international, irresponsible, incompetent cash cow funded by American taxpayers. FYI, the truth about COVID-19 is as elusive as politicians who don’t lie!

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      NAILED IT SUSAN!!!! The Senate Conservative Fund is very, very interested in supporting conservative candidates for open seats when elections roll around. The fact that they haven’t seen fit to support Chairman Manny who Chris Devaney is portraying as this swashbuckling conservative macho man tells conservatives all they need to know about just what an ersatz conservative we have in the Chairman.

      • John says:

        The fact that they haven’t seen fit to support William Francis Hagerty IV who Bill Haslam is portraying as this swashbuckling conservative macho man tells conservatives all they need to know about just what an ersatz conservative we have in William Francis Hagerty IV.

        • Stuart I. Anderson says:

          No John, you are confused. We are not voting for Hagerty because he is a conservative, which is so preposterous that it is only the stuff of stupid campaign ads which in Hagerty’s case is sort of an obligatory throw-away theme used in all Republican commercials (even Larmar’s !). Hagerty’s campaign revolves around the fact that he is endorsed by Trump.

          It is The Chairman’s campaign that is based on his being a Rambo conservative when, in fact, his anemic political record shows no evidence of his being a conservative at all. It is this kind of subterfuge that conservatives should punish by voting AGAINST Chairman Manny by voting FOR Hagerty.

  • Ron says:

    You Mr. Alexander are not just worthless you are in the way. I am a Tennessean and a republican. I have often said you and Mr. Global warming, Al Gore are the two dumbest men to ever come out of Tennessee You are a sour grapes president wanna be. You ruined the educational system in Tennessee and then got put into a position to ruin education throughout the whole country. You should leave Washington and go home and let a great man do his job and get us out of that China bought WHO organization. How did the Chinese get you in their hip pocket

  • Steve Cates says:

    What about this old worn out opportunist deciding he does not agree with 45!! Who would-a thunk it?! I thought he was possibly holding out for an ambassadorship or some such, but perhaps not. Maybe he’ll just count his – and his wife’s – money and rock his great-grandchildren?

  • Steve Cates says:

    As to Alexander being a “great governor”, I must disagree!!! His infamous, disruptive and totally-failed “career ladder” was the beginning of the downward spiral in TN education. He quite affably described a situation where the “best teachers” would be located and paid more and thus TN education would improve. NONE of this happened, millions were spent and this “idea” was tossed upon the debris pile of “education panaceas” in our state’s history.

  • Steve Cates says:

    Thanks, also, for the reference, Not That Stuart Guy, to the finest candidate running for U.S. Senate to replace Lamar: James Mackler. He is a principled, intelligent young man, a veteran , eloquent in speech and would do an excellent job representing TN!

  • Eddie White says:

    Principled and intelligence are wonderful attributes. But so are the issues very important as well, and he is on the wrong side of most of them for the majority of Tennesseans.

    • Perry Aubric says:

      Unfortunately, you are right. Eddie.

      Mackler is not a racist. He supports equal rights under the law for all Americans. He won’t demean or persecute gay citizens. He doesn’t think people should go bankrupt if they get sick. He supports a woman’s right to decide for herself about her medical needs. He won’t vote to put children in cages on our border. He actually seems to believe in an equitable system of taxation. He doesn’t insult major swaths of our citizens by twitter. He believes in public education (which is guaranteed in our state constitution). He believes in science. He won’t obey the dictates of talk radio hosts. He won’t wave a confederate flag or defend slavery or Jim Crow. He will actually oppose voter suppression. A veteran who never paid anyone to pretend he had bone spurs, he believes it’s better to support our allies rather than kowtow to Putin or cozy up to other dictators.

      Sadly, that all seems to be on the wrong side of the issues in this state. A pretty damning commentary, I know. So he will lose in a landslide, and whichever sycophantic and valueless Trump groupie wins in the Republican primary will be elected.

  • Citizens Win says:

    We have not actually had a leader of the United States Executive Branch since 2016.

    Time for a new boss.

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  • Beatrice Shaw says:

    Our Governor got rid of racist Forrest!! Whoop Whoop!!! BLUE tidal wave!

  • Lee is worse than Haslam officially Having a Democrat chair the state building commission with a supermajority of Republicans is as insane as America is today

  • Jimmy Wilson says:

    Trump, Barr and Associates have led our country down a rat hole and Marsh Blackburn & Lamar Alexander have stood beside them supporting every move. The lies and corruption from inside the GOP continues to get worse every day as we get further and further away from being a country supporting the rule of law and order. Time for a sweeping change & fresh air. Coming soon to a town near you!

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