Trump administration officials have spoken with the family of Charlie Gard, a British baby at the center of a U.K. legal battle over his right to remain on life support, about possibly bringing the child to the U.S. for treatment, White House media affairs director Helen Ferre said Monday.
"Upon learning of baby Charlie Gard's situation, President Trump has offered to help the family in this heartbreaking situation," Ferre said shortly after Trump tweeted his offer of help to the Gard family.
"Although the president himself has not spoken to the family, he does not want to pressure them in any way, members of the administration have spoken to the family in calls facilitated by the British government," Ferre said. "The president is just trying to be helpful if at all possible."
Charlie Gard's parents have waged a months-long legal battle in British courts to keep their son, who has a rare and debilitating genetic disease, on life support and to move him to the U.S. to undergo an experimental treatment.
Although three courts ruled the British hospital should be allowed to remove the child from life support against his parents' wishes, the family has raised more than $1 million to bring Charlie Gard to the U.S. for the treatment.
The pope has also weighed in on the internationally-famous case, siding with the parents in their quest to keep their son alive and to try a treatment British experts said had little or no chance of success.