President Donald Trump has approved funding for a range of measures to support Italy, which has been severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic. This is stated in a statement by Secretary of state Mike Pompeo, which was published by the state Department on Saturday.
Support will be provided, including to international and public organizations, many of which are already assisting Italians. These efforts will help support the recovery of the Italian economy.
According to Pompeo, the US will also provide technical support to its NATO ally, “building on the existing partnership and productive relationship between the US Department of health and human services and Italian health.”
In Italy, there are about 30,000 American military personnel and their family members on military bases. The US military will assist the Italians in various areas, including providing telemedicine services, transporting and assembling field hospitals and equipment, treating patients who are not infected with coronavirus, and transporting supplies, fuel, and food.
“This critical assistance will not only help the Italian people but also support global trade and logistics chains. Only together, and only through openness, cooperation, and mutual support, can we defeat COVID-19,” said Mike Pompeo.