UK's Johnson says he met Trump, avoids answering why no photo together

Clay Curtis
December 5, 2019

But the event passed without the Labour leader getting a chance to confront Mr Trump.

Britain's decision on whether to allow Huawei a role in building 5G telecoms networks will be based on ensuring the national security and ensuring cooperation with the USA -led Five Eyes intelligence alliance, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday.

Johnson's Conservatives are leading opinion polls but the rival Labour party has sought to whip up public opinion against Trump, who is deeply unpopular in Britain.

Labour's John McDonnell has accused Donald Trump of having a "passing relationship with reality and truth" after the President's rambling speech about how America wants "nothing to do with" the NHS, even if it was "handed to us on a silver platter", as he arrived in London for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.

Johnson's team are wary of what Trump might say during his two-day visit, with Britain set to go to the polls on December 12.

But he still managed to endorse Johnson as "very capable" and intervene in a row over U.S. interests in Britain's state-run National Health Service (NHS) after Brexit.

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Johnson, hosting a meeting of leaders from the military alliance, also met leaders of Germany, France and Turkey on Tuesday to discuss Syria, underlining he believed it was important for the USA -led military alliance to stick together.

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.

Johnson is campaigning for re-election on a promise to leave the European Union next month, more than three years after the 2016 Brexit referendum.

Labour's John McDonnell has accused Donald Trump of having a "passing relationship with reality and truth" but he insisted Jeremy Corbyn would work with the United States president. While Johnson has vowed to take Britain out of the European Union (EU) on January 31, Labour has said it will push for a second Brexit referendum.

In a video recorded Tuesday at a reception at Buckingham Palace, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was seen snuggling alongside French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and the British Princess Anne, daughter of Queen Elizabeth II. Trudeau also said, "You just watched the jaws of his team fall to the ground".

The footage was shot by the British host's camera pool yesterday evening, then spotted and subtitled by Canada's CBC.

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