By Shawn Rice
President Donald Trump offering to send a plane to the United Kingdom in order to bring 11-month-old boy Charlie Gard to the United States is an unproven claim. There is a rumor that the president was looking to help the terminally ill boy but there is no evidence he made this specific gesture.
Where did this rumor originate? World Politicus published an article on July 3, 2017, that Trump had sent a plane to be used by Chris Gard and Connie Yates, the parents of Gard, who are currently seeking experimental treatment for him available in the United States. Charlie Gard has an extremely rare mitochondrial disease, suffers from brain damage, is deaf and blind, and cannot move.
A United Kingdom judge allowed Gard’s parents to present fresh evidence in their campaign for their son to be allowed to receive experimental treatment. At a hearing at the High Court in London, the child’s parents, were given until Wednesday to present new evidence with a hearing set for Thursday.
The stricken tot’s parents delivered a a 350,000 signature petition to Great Ormond Street Hospital ahead of the High Court hearing into new information on the tragic case.
Earlier in the month, both Pope Francis and Trump intervened in the case, offering their assistance to the couple. Pope Francis last week expressed his support for the baby’s parents and said he hoped doctors would allow them to “care for their child until the end”. Trump tweeted out that “If we can help little #CharlieGard, as per our friends in the U.K. and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so.”
If we can help little #CharlieGard, as per our friends in the U.K. and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2017
However, Snopes is reporting that there is no evidence that Trump had specifically sent or offered the use of a plane for Gard’s parents. In the story offered up by World Politicus, they failed to offer any no explanation or support for the claim that they made in their headline. Snopes also noted that Gard’s parents were barred from moving their son outside the hospital at the time of the World Politicus story.
Therefore, at the time of the World Politicus story it was very unlikely that Trump would have sent a plane to the United Kingdom at that time. Three days after that article, the Daily Telegraph reported that Gard’s parents had been in contact with the White House in response to Trump’s offer of assistance. However, a family spokesperson did not say Trump had sent, or offered to send, a plane.
World Politicus has a history of publishing hoaxes or dubious stories.
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