Trump joins Pope Francis to help baby
President Trump made a surprise intervention today in a case that has gotten little coverage in the United States. On Twitter, he offered to help the parents of a terminally ill, 10-month-old British baby named Charlie Gard in their fight for access to an experimental therapy.
- The basics, from AP: "Charlie, who suffers from a rare genetic condition and brain damage, is unable to breathe unaided. Last week, his parents lost a legal battle to take him to the U.S. for trial therapy."
- The debate, from NYT: "The London hospital that is treating Charlie went to court to request permission to remove him from life support; his parents... believe that an experimental treatment has a chance."
- Pope Francis yesterday reversed an earlier Vatican position and sided with the parents.
- Trump tweeted from his home in Bedminster, N.J.: "If we can help little #CharlieGard, as per our friends in the U.K. and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so."
Helen Aguirre Ferré, the White House director of media affairs, provided this statement to the press pool in Bedminster: "Although the President himself has not spoken to the family, he does not want to pressure them in any way, members of the administration have spoken to the family in calls facilitated by the British government."
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