Donald Trump and Boris Johnson discuss free trade deal

Mr Trump said he looked forward to meeting the PM

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Donald Trump has tweeted he is optimistic about securing a US-UK free-trade deal after Brexit.

The US president Tweeted he had a “great discussion” with Boris Johnson and that he looked forward to seeing him at next week's G7 summit in France.

“Great discussion with Prime Minister @BorisJohnson today," he wrote. “We talked about Brexit and how we can move rapidly on a US-UK free trade deal.

“I look forward to meeting with Boris this weekend, at the @G7, in France!”

Last week, one of Mr Trump’s senior advisers said the president hoped to pursue a “fully comprehensive bilateral trade agreement with the United Kingdom as soon as possible.”

John Bolton added that the process could be accelerated with a “sector by sector” approach in which straightforward deals are arranged first and complicated sectors settled later.

Foreign secretary Dominic Raab also expressed enthusiasm for a deal and met with Mr Trump and vice president Mike Pence in Washington during his first tour in his new cabinet role earlier this month.

"The UK looks forward to working with our American friends to reach a free trade deal that is good for both countries, and co-operating on the common security challenges we face," Mr Raab said.

Meanwhile, opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn has accused the Prime Minister of seeking a “sweetheart trade deal with Trump that would open our NHS to US corporate takeover”.

Mr Johnson insisted the NHS was “not for sale” in his first Commons address as Prime Minister.

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