US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he wouldn’t take the NHS even if it was offered on a “silver platter”.
The US president is in London to attend a two-day meeting of NATO leaders.
When asked if the NHS could be on the table in post-Brexit trade talks, Trump responded: “No not at all. I have nothing to do with it. Never even thought about it, honestly.”
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn wrote to Trump on Monday to ask him to revise US negotiating objectives for a post-Brexit trade deal to ensure the NHS is not included.
Asked if he could work with Corbyn, 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.
Labour say Johnson wants to sell parts of the publicly funded system off to U.S. companies. Johnson has repeatedly said that is not true.
Trump said: “We have absolutely nothing to do with it, and we wouldn’t want to. If you handed it to us on a silver platter, we’d want nothing to do with it.”
On Saturday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson told LBC radio that he would walk out of post-Brexit trade talks with the US if it was a pre-condition that the NHS was on the table in discussions.
“First of all the NHS is not for sale. Under no circumstances will this government or any Conservative government do anything to put the NHS up for negotiation in trade talks or privatising anything like that,” Johnson said.
(With Reuters input)