Dr Sample criticised the president’s decision and told host Brian Williams that now is not the time to stop funding the organisation.
“Defunding the World Health Organisation in the middle of a pandemic is about like me refusing emergency trauma care to a teenager in a car crash, because the police officer told me that he was texting and driving,” he said.
Dr Sample added that the government needs to listen to scientists in order to tackle the coronavirus outbreak.
He mentioned Mr Trump’s criticism of the organisation, but said that the world needs their help right now, and in the future.
“Did they screw up? Hell man I don’t know, I’m a redneck ER doctor in southern Indiana, but I will tell you this, we need them,” he said.
“They are gonna keep us safe. These viruses are coming from tropical areas, from East Asia, and we’ve got to see them coming.”
Dr Sample added: “If we don’t have them on board, I don’t know what we’re doing.”
The president announced on Wednesday that the US will be suspending its funding of the World Health Organisation (WHO), so that they can review their response to the coronavirus outbreak.
“The reality is the WHO failed to obtain, vet and share information in a timely fashion,” Mr Trump said. “The WHO failed in its basic duty and must be held accountable.”