President Trump reportedly offered North Korean leader Kim Jong Un help in combating the coronavirus pandemic in the country via a letter this week, Trump administration officials confirmed to Reuters.
A senior Trump administration official confirmed to the news outlet that Trump sent a letter to Kim Jong Un saying that the move was “consistent with his efforts to engage global leaders during the ongoing pandemic.”
North Korea state media reported that Kim received a letter from Trump, saying the president was impressed by the chairman’s efforts to protect the country from the coronavirus.
The letter reportedly said that “if impartiality and balance are not provided and unilateral and greedy intention is not taken away, the bilateral relations will continue to aggravate.”
Trump has been facing growing criticisms over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic as he initially sought to play down its seriousness and as the country faces severe shortages in protective medical equipment. The U.S. also severely lags other countries in testing for the infection.