President Donald Trump has been accused of using the illness of a small child to promote his own political agenda. NBC commentator Matt Bradley accused Trump of capitalizing on the grief of Charlie Gard’s family in a tweet.
Gard’s parents, who wanted to bring their child to the U.S. to try an experimental treatment for a critical mitochondrial affliction, were devastated by a court ruling preventing them taking their son from the U.K.
Trump responded by tweeting in support of the parents, but whether this was an act of compassion or a calculated maneuver is up for debate in the media, apparently.
Bradley admitted that Trump’s tweet could be seen favorably, saying “Now, depending on how you see this, Hallie, depending really on your impressions of Mr. Trump beforehand, you could either decide that this is the president selflessly stepping in to help grieving parents who are experiencing a terrible, wrenching pain and a baby who has a very rare, very difficult to treat illness.”
“Or,” he countered, “You could decide that this was the president trying to use the grief of two parents and a small baby for political gain and weighing into a situation that was very much a national and European issue and not one we would expect anything from an American politician.”
The Daily Caller reports:
Trump tweeted earlier that day that he would be “delighted” to help Charlie Gard, a U.K. infant who has been sentenced to die by the British courts.
Gard has a mitochondrial disease that has rendered him critically ill, and his parents wish to bring him to the United States for experimental treatment. However, British courts have declined the parents’ request to move their child and have granted doctors the right to end Gard’s life-sustaining treatment at any time.
Bradley, an NBC reporter out of London, said that depending on how you feel about Trump, you may view his tweet one of two ways.
“But again, it all depends on how you look at it,” said Bradley.