Donald Trump has delivered a screeching U-turn on his assertions that the NHS would be ‘on the table’ in a Brexit trade deal, but the US President rowed back on his remarks, made at a live international press conference after they led to public outrage.
The contradiction is expected to boost worries about which version of the President, who has frequently misrepresented in the past, the British people should believe, and Labour MP Stephen Doughty tweeted: “He’s a liar – no one’s going to believe his belated comments on NHS.”
Donald Trump’s comments to ITV’s Piers Morgan launch a fresh missile into the Brexit debate just as he withdraws from a three-day £40 million State Visit, and standing alongside Theresa May, Donald Trump announced the NHS and “a lot more” would be up for grabs in a “phenomenal” trading alliance following Brexit.
When a journalist asked him if US firms’ access to the NHS was on the table for a deal, Theresa May had to lean over and explain the question. The President then affirmed: “I think everything with a trade deal is on the table, and he said that the NHS or anything else, or a lot more than that, but that everything will be on the table.
The President’s comments came only two days after his own Ambassador, Woody Johnson, said healthcare would be on the table in a trade deal, and this has sparked fears of mass privatisation as Jeremy Corbyn said that our NHS was not for sale.
However, now Donald Trump has backtracked on his comments in an interview with Piers Morgan of ITV’s Good Morning Britain, and he then said that he didn’t see it being on the table.
He said: “Somebody asked me a question today and I say everything’s up for negotiation because everything is.
“But I don’t see that being… That’s something that I would not consider part of trade. That’s not trade.”
Labour’s leader told a Whitehall protest yesterday: “We will fight with every last breath of our body to defend the principle of a healthcare system free at the point of need for everybody as a human right.”
And GMB health union chief Rehana Azam said before Trump’s U-turn: “President Trump is just waiting to get his hands on our NHS. There’s a very real danger Conservatives will just hand it over to him in a trade deal.
The British Medical Association issued a statement asking all Tory leadership hopefuls to eliminate the NHS from any post-Brexit discussions. Matt Hancock, Jeremy Hunt and even right-wing free marketeer Dominic Raab all did.
Donald Trump and Piers Morgan developed a relationship when the former Mirror editor appeared on the US version of the Celebrity Apprentice, and the 30-minute interview took place in the Churchill War Rooms almost an hour following the press conference.
It took place in front of the generator that helped power the fight back against the Nazis and Adolf Hitler, and it aired hours before the end of the President’s three-day State Visit to the United Kingdom.
During the wide-ranging interview with Good Morning Britain, he also talked about Jeremy Corbyn, Prince Charles, The Queen, Iran and more.
It comes ahead of a major ceremony in Portsmouth, with 15 world leaders, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day at the conclusion of the President’s State Visit.
The Queen will be accompanied by Prime Minister Theresa May and US president Donald Trump alongside 300 veterans in Portsmouth to mark the approaching anniversary, and some 60,000 members of the public are expected to attend the Portsmouth Naval Memorial on Southsea Common for the event which marks the 75th anniversary of the biggest amphibious invasion in military history.
Considered a turning point in the Second World War, Operation Overlord saw thousands killed and wounded after it launched on June 6 1944, and Theresa May will be making her last official appearances as the British Prime Minister during the D-Day commemorations which continue on Thursday across Normandy.
Meanwhile, hundreds of ex-soldiers are flocking to northern France and Portsmouth as well as to events around the country to mark the occasion.
Leaving the NHS aside, could you envision any UK Prime Minister going to the United States and openly saying that they should nationalise their health care system, and can you visualise how they would be received by the US government, because any normal politician on a state visit from the United Kingdom wouldn’t even consider inflicting their views on another’s domestic policies, but then not many people would say that Donald Trump was normal.
But seeing as how the UK government has recruited medical personnel from overseas over the years, I can only see them getting more workers from the private sector, and I can see them using US Private Health firms as a means to do that, but if Donald Trump said he could save the NHS millions on drugs and X-ray machines, would our government groan at that? Of course, they wouldn’t.
But of course, Donald Trump will do another U-turn once we’ve left the EU. We will end up being isolated and weakened, and the powerful medical insurance US lobby will get its own way.
There’s no doubt that our NHS is in a shocking state, but then we have many sightseers using the NHS who don’t contribute a penny towards it, so how can that be right that a person living in the United Kingdom all their lives and paying National Insurance and taxes is no better off in the system than someone arriving a day ago?
If you came down with a malady in another country, the hospital wouldn’t lift a finger until a credit card was presented and they knew that the money was available, but here in England we simply roll over and give everything free to newcomers, but to our own people, they have to struggle, not only where the NHS is affected but where virtually everything is a struggle.
And we must remember that anything Donald Trump does, always has the aim of a quick profit, and we can’t believe anything he says, he’s neither loyal nor does he have good intentions.
For the people of the United Kingdom to support the NHS, which should stay just as it is, we would all have to pay an NHS contribution each month from our paychecks, an additional percentage or fixed price, which would depend on the amount that you earnt. This wouldn’t be a tax, and that should be made pretty clear, it would be an NHS contribution, this would be the only way to bring the NHS out of the rut that it’s in.
Donald Trump appears to be using this country like a business, and that’s really crafty, yet he puts his country first, but then that’s what the Prime Minister of this country should be doing, and should always be doing, and Donald Trump’s visit has probably changed many people’s view of him.
Hopefully, the NHS will not be part of any trade deal, and I don’t think our government would ever chance that, it would certainly be political hara-kiri.
The NHS is one of the greatest things that the United Kingdom has, it’s talked about all over the world on how great it is, and it’s the greatest institution and it’s NOT FOR SALE!