Trump echoes Johnson: NHS not part of US-UK trade deal

Clay Curtis
December 5, 2019

"That obviously we want a good relationship with the United States of America but the trade talks that have been undertaken by the Government have been done in secret and we do not accept any idea of U.S. companies coming in to run our NHS or the idea of extending the patents of medicine that will increase the costs for our NHS", he said.

"On the digital services tax, I do think we need to look at the operation of the big digital companies and the huge revenues they have in this country and the amount of tax that they pay", Johnson said on Tuesday, according to a BBC report.

President Donald Trump is acting like Homer Simpson at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, trying not to cause disaster but failing dismally, the UK's most feared journalist has said.

Johnson denied avoiding Trump, saying he was "going to be photographed with every possible leader of NATO" at the gathering.

"So the reality is the evidence is there and the anxiety that we have about the NHS under a Boris Johnson regime and his relationship with Trump causes us extreme concern".

And Trump said: "I can work with anybody, I'm a very easy person to work with".

Corbyn dismissed Trump's assurances and referred to a remark made by Trump in June, when he said everything was on the table in trade talks with Britain.

On the NHS, the president added: "I don't even know where that rumour started".

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The NATO summit takes place as Trump battles an effort led by Democrats who control the US House of Representatives to force his removal from office through impeachment over his pressure on Ukraine to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden. But he confirmed he would be meeting Johnson during his trip, adding, "I think Boris is very capable and I think he will do a good job".

Prime minister Boris Johnson has reiterated that the NHS would not be on the table in any trade talks, calling Corbyn's claims nonsensical.

Leaders including Mr Trump and Mr Corbyn will gather for a reception at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday evening.

Asked if he could work with the leader of the opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, Trump said he could work with anyone.

Labeled authorities paperwork which show US-UK commerce preparations were leaked on-line in a manner almost connected to a identified Russian disinformation campaign, experts receive concluded.

The Conservatives complained that the broadcaster failed to allow former environment secretary Michael Gove to be its representative for the debate, which saw party leaders face questions over how they would tackle climate change.

The Labour leader described the claims, which come just days after a terror attack in London in which two people were fatally stabbed, as "complete nonsense".

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