Donald Trump: America wants 'nothing to do with' NHS

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Donald Trump has insisted the US wants "nothing to do with" the NHS amid claims that the health service could be "sold" in post-Brexit trade talks.

Speaking at a Nato summit in London, the US president also said he would "stay out" of the upcoming general election.

He arrived in the UK last night for a reception at Buckingham Palace today to mark the 70th anniversary of the political and military alliance.

But with just over a week until the December 12 poll, protesters including doctors, nurses and health staff are planning to march on the palace to oppose Mr Trump's visit as the event takes place.

Vice chair of the Stop the War Coalition, Chris Nineham, told talkRADIO that concern over the NHS was just one of the reasons the “vast majority” of Britons disapprove of the US leader.

“They disapprove of his hard right politics, his sexism, his racism, more immediately the fact that he’s interfered with the election already and tried to create an alliance between Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage.”

However, Greg Swenson from Republicans Overseas UK, defended President Trump’s “cringeworthy moments”.

“He’s just a different kind of president. He’s not diplomatic, he speaks freely – that’s refreshing in some circles – it’s one of the reasons he won the election,” he argued.

Jeremy Corbyn has repeatedly accused Boris Johnson of holding “secret talks” with the White House, in which the health service has been put “on the table” for US pharmaceutical companies.

The Conservatives have maintained that the NHS is "not for sale", labelling the allegations as “ludicrous claims” and “chaff".

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told Julia Hartley-Brewer: “We’ve given the cast-iron guarantee that the NHS is not on the table. It will never be privatised.”

The Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will formally greet the 29 Nato leaders this evening.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was established to counterbalance the growing military might of the Soviet Union and to keep the peace in post-war Europe.

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