May Rules Out Including NHS in Trade Negotiations: Trump Update

From bloomberg.com

U.S. President Donald Trump landed in the U.K. for a three-day state visit at a sensitive time for the country’s ruling Conservative Party. Rival candidates are jostling to replace outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May, and the president has already weighed in with his own opinions on the contenders.

Key Developments:

  • U.S. President may meet with Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage during visit
  • Trump calls London Mayor Sadiq Khan a “stone cold loser”
  • May says NHS should be off table in U.S. trade talks
  • Trump to urge U.K. government to keep Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. out of the country’s 5G telecoms infrastructure
  • Protesters prepare “Carnival of Resistance” against Trump on Tuesday

Spokesman Denies Trump-May Meeting Dropped (12:30 p.m.)

A Downing Street spokesman denied a BBC report that a planned one-to-one meeting between May and Trump had been dropped from the schedule. While the two will meet on Tuesday in the Cabinet room with their delegations, there are no plans for private talks.

“These are always how the discussions take place with any leader,” May’s spokesman, James Slack, told reporters in London. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt will be among the officials at the meeting on the U.K. side, he said.

Slack did say, though, that there will be some one-to-one moments during the visit, including when May takes Trump on a tour of the Churchill War Rooms on Tuesday.

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