Donald Trump offers to help Charlie Gard

Charlie's parents have waged a long legal battle on his behalf

Monday, July 3, 2017

Donald Trump has said he would be "delighted" to help terminally ill British toddler Charlie Gard.

The US President tweeted: “If we can help little #CharlieGard, as per our friends in the U.K. and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so.”

This comes after the Pontiff said he “prayed that [the parents'] wish to accompany and treat their child until the end is not neglected.”

Charlie has a rare form of mitochrondial disease and a UK court has ruled the 10 month old's life support machine should be turned off, following a protracted legal battle.

The machine was initially due to be turned off on Friday but this has been delayed and Charlie's parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, are spending the last days of the child's life with him. 

Charlie's parents argue that their baby should be allowed to undergo a therapy trial in the US. It is unclear whether Trump will now allow this to take place.

The news comes after it was reported that Trump could make a swift and surprise visit to the UK this month, despite widespread opposition.