Russia has only reported around 2,500 cases of Corona Virus and less than 20 deaths. Hearing the news President Trump got on the phone with Putin and has bought 60 tons worth of supplies from Russia. President Trump continues to show what true leadership looks like by getting help anywhere we can get it during this crisis.
- The supplies landed at JFK Airport Wednesday after Trump and Putin finalized a deal Monday night amid the coronavirus pandemic
- The move has been blasted by many in the US, who claim the President has ignored Russian’s potentially nefarious motivations for the deal
- Meanwhile, critics of the Kremlin in Russia have criticized the fact that medical supplies are being shipped abroad as their own COVID-19 outbreak worsens
- Russia has reported 2,337 coronavirus cases with 17 deaths; the US has more than 215,000 cases and 4000 deaths
Russia sent 60 tons of medical supplies to the United States to help combat the coronavirus after Russian President Vladimir Putin offered them to President Donald Trump when the two spoke on Monday, a senior administration official told DailyMail.com
The supplies landed at John F. Kennedy airport in New York on Wednesday and were criticized on both sides of the Atlantic. American officials questioned Putin’s motives in making the offer and Russian health officials described their own needs for such equipment.
Putin made the offer of help to Trump, who accepted it.
‘President Putin offered President Trump during their conversation Monday,’ a senior Administration official told DailyMail.com.
‘As an act of goodwill, yesterday, Russia delivered a planeload of equipment and supplies at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. Likewise, the United States is sending equipment and supplies to many other countries, and will continue to do more as we are able,’ the official said.
The cargo plane carried 60 tons of ventilators, masks, respirators and protective equipment at a time when the United States is struggling to meet the demands of health care workers who are on the frontline.
‘Russia sent us a very, very large planeload of things, medical equipment, which was very nice,’ President Trump told reporters at the White House Monday during his daily press briefing.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed that the U.S. paid for the supplies, but did not disclose the amount.
But the assistance from Russia was also met with criticism from some American diplomats, who asked whether President Trump is ignoring Putin’s motivation in sending the supplies.
Russia is under U.S. sanctions for its interference in the 2016 presidential election and its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.