The President of the United States, Donald Trump, spoke by telephone with King Felipe VI, to whom he expressed his condolences for the deaths in Spain due to the coronavirus, which exceed 8,000, the White House reported on Tuesday.
“The President and First Lady (Melania Trump) expressed their condolences for those who lost their lives to the coronavirus in Spain and reaffirmed that the United States supports the Spanish people in the fight against the pandemic,” a spokesperson wrote on his Twitter account. from the White House, Judd Deere.
In a message thread, Deere added that the leaders “discussed the latest efforts to combat the coronavirus and agreed to work together in the coming days and weeks.”
“The president and first lady hope to welcome their majesties to the White House after the virus is defeated,” added the spokesman, who said Trump spoke “with their majesties, King Felipe of Spain and Queen Letizia.”
On March 18, the White House announced the postponement of the state visit of the kings of Spain, which was originally scheduled for April 21, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The April visit was special, as it would be the third state visit that Trump would host, after those organized to pay tribute to the French President, Emmanuel Macron, in April 2018, and to the Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, in September last year.
The American president already received King Felipe in the White House in June 2018 to hold a meeting that lasted about an hour and a quarter.
According to statistics from Johns Hopkins University, Spain is the third country in the world in terms of the impact of the coronavirus, with just over 94,000 infections and 8,269 deaths, below Italy.
Meanwhile, the United States, with 320 million inhabitants, leads the statistics of positive cases of COVID-19, with 174,467 cases and 3,416 deaths, of which 932 have occurred in New York City.