Great Again? Trump Begs Asian And European Countries For Coronavirus Supplies
Despite President Donald Trump’s public statement that the U.S. would not rely on foreign countries for help, the administration has reached out to its European and Asian allies for medical supplies, according to The Guardian.
During the White House briefing on Tuesday, Trump said, “We should never be reliant on a foreign country for the means of our own survival. America will never be a supplicant nation.”
However, the administration has approached its Asian and European partners due to the shortage of supply in testing kits and medical equipment.
Trump spoke on phone with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday, requesting assistance obtaining medical supplies. The White House did not mention the request, but the South Korean presidency said Trump made the call with “urgent request.”
And David Hale, a high-ranking diplomat in the State Department, asked for a list of nations that might be able to sell “critical medical supplies and equipment” to the U.S, Foreign Policy reported.
An email was sent to U.S. embassies in Europe and Eurasia, saying, “Depending on critical needs, the United States could seek to purchase many of these items in the hundreds of millions with purchases of higher end equipment such as ventilators in the hundreds of thousands.”
It is emphasized in the email that the request is made to countries “minus Moscow.”