Trump Asks Moon for Medical Equipment to Fight Coronavirus

  • By Jeong Woo-sang

    March 25, 2020 11:48

    Moon Jae-in (left) and Donald Trump

    U.S. President Donald Trump called his Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in on Tuesday to ask for medical supplies to help his country fight the coronavirus epidemic, according to Cheong Wa Dae.

    Cheong Wa Dae did not specify what equipment Trump is after but said Moon promised the "maximum support" possible.

    The presidential office here said the two presidents "shared their worries about the worldwide spread of coronavirus."

    They also hailed as "timely" a bilateral currency swap deal signed last week to contribute to stabilizing the global financial market, Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kang Min-seok said. The deal is worth US$60 billion and valid for six months, allowing each to borrow the other's currency at a favorable fixed rate.

    Earlier Tuesday, Moon also talked with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the phone. In his talk with Sánchez, Moon said that a "unified and concerted message" should be sent out to the world in a special video conference of the G20 leaders to be held this coming Thursday.

    The G20 countries will discuss how to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Sánchez congratulated Moon on the Korean government's "successful response" to COVID-19, while also pledging to learn from Korea's "innovative" method of fighting the disease and responding to the crisis.

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