Italian PM Praises Trump: 'He's Proven To Be Italy's True & Loyal Friend'
Giuseppe Conte notes President's assistance to country amid coronavirus
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has praised President Donald Trump's assistance to Italy in working to contain the deadly coronavirus or COVID-19.
Conte praised President Trump during an interview with NBC's Meet the Press host Chuck Todd on Sunday, noting his help during the pandemic, despite battling to halt the sped of the virus in the United States.
"In these difficult times, I can openly say that American President Trump once more has proven to be Italy's true and loyal friends," Conte declared.
"I want to thank President Trump, who immediately made us feel his support, his presence, and I am very grateful to American people for this," Conte added.
The Italian Prime Minister's praise for Trump comes as Italy's relationship with the European Union grows strained under the coronavirus pandemic.
According to some EU politicians and architects, the coronavirus poses a “mortal danger” to the world’s largest trading bloc.
Italy’s permanent representative to the EU, Maurizio Massari, blasted the EU due to their lack of response to the coronavirus in the country.
Italy soon became the epicenter of the pandemic and requested aid from its trading partners, but received none.
"Italy has already asked to activate the European Union Mechanism of Civil Protection for the supply of medical equipment for individual protection," Massari wrote in an opinion piece.
"But, unfortunately, not a single EU country responded to the commission’s call. Only China responded bilaterally. Certainly, this is not a good sign of European solidarity."
China did initially send aid to Italy, but the majority of the equipment was found to be defective.
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Italian officials later blasted China’s mostly worthless promise for aid.
Neon Nettle reported last week that Italian officials began removing EU flags and replacing them with Italian in protest of the European Union's lack of help.
The coronavirus has been pivotal in causing deep disillusion of the EU among its citizens.
Many now feel there has been a complete lack of support from the bloc in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Videos on social media have been circulating, showing politicians and members of the public removing the EU flag in protest.
Moreover, The New York Times even criticized Germany, the EU project's key player, for not doing enough to help other countries.
Germany even blocked much-needed shipments of medical supplies headed for Switzerland and Austria last month.
Italy has become the hardest-hit country in the pandemic as the country remains on full lockdown.
Residents are banned from leaving their homes except for approved outings like picking up groceries or medications.
Currently, Italy reported around 125,000 cases of coronavirus, with over 15,000 deaths, and 21,000 recovered.