NBC Reporter Accuses Trump of Using Baby Charlie Gard as ‘Political Prop’

The liberal media have refused cover the story of terminally-ill baby Charlie Gard in Britain and his parents’ fight in European courts to bring him to the United States for medical treatment. However, after President Trump tweeted out his support for the family on Monday, MSNBC finally found time to cover the topic – if only so their reporter could cynically accuse Trump of “exploiting” the situation.

Minutes after the President posted his statement to social media in the 10 a.m. ET hour, anchor Hallie Jackson informed viewers: “...you may have seen a couple minutes ago President Trump is back on Twitter....he’s talking about a little boy named Charlie Gard, writing, ‘If we can help little Charlie Gard, as per our friends in the U.K. and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so.’” Acknowledging the lack of press coverage, she asked: “Do you know who Charlie Gard is? Do you this story? NBC’s Matt Bradley does, he’s live in London to break this down.”

After Jackson remarked on how Trump was “wading into this situation,” Bradley explained the child’s difficult medical fight in detail. Following that, he went out of his way to attack the President for daring to speak out on the controversy:

Now depending on how you see this, Hallie, you could either – and depending really on your impressions of Mr. Trump before hand, you could either decide that this is the President selflessly stepping in to help grieving parents who are experiencing a terrible wrenching pain and a baby who has a very rare and very difficult-to-treat illness, or you could decide that this was the President trying to use the grief of two parents and a small baby for political gain and weighing into a situation that is really very much a national and European issue and not one that would expect anything from a United States politician. But again, this just depends on how you look at it.

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Bradley was not done. An hour later, he again appeared on the left-wing cable channel to suggest that Trump was just trying to score political points:

So you can either – depending on your view of President Trump – you can either see this as the President weighing in to help a very sick child and his parents, or a president who’s using a very sick child and his parents as political props to appear as though he’s actually helping, when in reality it would take extraordinary intervention on behalf of the President to go in the face of multiple high courts here in Britain and the European Court of Human Rights.

An hour after that, Bradley was featured once again:

Now you can see President Trump’s tweet as either coming to the defense selflessly of a very, very sick little baby and his parents, or you can see it as the President exploiting a very, very sad situation and two parents who are just simply hard wired to keep their baby alive and will go to any lengths to see that happen.

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Here are excerpts of the July 3 coverage:

10:53 AM ET

HALLIE JACKSON: So if you are watching this show and also happen to be on your phone, online, you may have seen a couple minutes ago President Trump is back on Twitter. But he’s not talking about what you might expect, whether it’s the health care situation, whether it’s the media. Instead he’s talking about a little boy named Charlie Gard, writing, “If we can help little Charlie Gard, as per our friends in the U.K. and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so.” Do you know who Charlie Gard is? Do you this story? NBC’s Matt Bradley does, he’s live in London to break this down. Because, Matt, the President is sort of wading into this situation now that has made a lot of headlines over in the U.K.

MATT BRADLEY: That’s right. This isn’t an issue that you probably would have heard about in the United States, but it was a big one here. There’s been protests and a lot of talk constantly about little baby Charlie Gard. He’s a 10-month-old baby boy who’s been afflicted by a very rare genetic condition...

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BRADLEY: But Charlie’s parents have not been giving up and they’ve been fighting a legal battle against the National Health Service and the government and the doctors who are caring for baby Charlie for the past several months. And now they had an offer to go to the United States where a doctor was going to give them experimental treatment. But Charlie’s parents managed to raise 1.3 million British pounds to care for the child and to bring him to the United States. And just today – just recently, just in the past couple of days, the European High Court of Human Rights decided that they were going to side with the doctors and with the British government and forbid Charlie’s two parents, who are in their mid-30s, from taking their child to the United States to receive experimental treatment. They decided that this would only be extending the agony of baby Charlie.

And so, the two parents have now been hearing from world leaders. Now the Pope just today weighed in and said that Charlie Gard’s parents should be allowed to, quote, “accompany and treat their child until the end.” And then just moments ago we heard from Donald Trump, he weighed in. And he offered to help these children.

Now depending on how you see this, Hallie, you could either – and depending really on your impressions of Mr. Trump before hand, you could either decide that this is the President selflessly stepping in to help grieving parents who are experiencing a terrible wrenching paper and a baby who has a very rare and very difficult to treat illness, or you could decide that this was the President trying to use the grief of two parents and a small baby for political gain and weighing into a situation that is really very much a national and European issue and not one that would expect anything from a United States politician. But again, this just depends on how you look at it.

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11:35 AM ET

BRADLEY: So you can either – depending on your view of President Trump – you can either see this as the President weighing in to help a very sick child and his parents, or a president who’s using a very sick child and his parents as political props to appear as though he’s actually helping, when in reality it would take extraordinary intervention on behalf of the President to go in the face of multiple high courts here in Britain and the European Court of Human Rights.

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12:26 PM ET

BRADLEY: Now you can see President Trump’s tweet as either coming to the defense selflessly of a very, very sick little baby and his parents, or you can see it as the President exploiting a very, very sad situation and two parents who are just simply hard wired to keep their baby alive and will go to any lengths to see that happen.

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