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Wednesday, 17 July 2024 – 21:35

US President Donald Trump arrives in UK ahead of NATO Summit

US President Donald Trump has arrived in the UK for a three-day visit in preparation for a NATO summit in Watford on Wednesday.

President Trump had a breakfast meeting with Nato Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday and is later due to attend a reception hosted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace, where public protests are expected to take place.

So far on his visit to the UK and just nine days before Britain heads to the polls, the US President has said that he was a ‘fan of Brexit’ and he thought that the current UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was “very capable”. The comments to the press were made just moments after he pledged to ‘stay out of the election’ as he didn’t want to ‘complicate it’. The President also said he could ‘work with anybody’, including Jeremy Corbyn in 10 Downing Street.

Mr Trump has already been seen to weigh in on the UK election, suggesting a pact between Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage and Conservative leader Boris Johnson during an interview on LBC earlier in the campaign.

Speaking about trade, the US President said on Tuesday that he wanted “absolutely nothing to do with” the NHS and said he wouldn’t touch it and had “Never even thought about it, honestly.”

The NHS has been a key part of the Labour Party’s election campaign so far – the party has claimed that the NHS could be ‘up for sale’ as part of a trade deal between a Conservative lead government and the United States under President Trump. The party has claimed that it has obtained official documents showing that the NHS would be ‘on the table’ in talks on a post-Brexit trade deal. The Labour Party and others have said that President Trump cannot be trusted.

Speaking about NATO, Mr Trump criticised comments by French President Emmanuel Macron where last month he described the alliance a ‘brain dead’ and said that he felt members were no longer co-operating on key issues.

The gathering of NATO leaders will mark the alliance’s 70th anniversary, with it originally being founded in 1949.

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