Trump now claims the health service WOULDN'T be on the table
PUBLISHED: 08:13 05 June 2019 | UPDATED: 08:13 05 June 2019
Donald Trump has rowed back on his suggestion that access for US firms to the NHS must be part of talks for a post-Brexit trade deal.
Become a Supporter
The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism
The US president had used a joint appearance with Theresa May to say that the NHS would be "on the table" as part of a "phenomenal" potential transatalantic deal - which followed the comments of the US ambassador over the weekend.
But in a U-turn he used a major TV interview to say "I don't see it being on the table" as the NHS was "something that I would not consider part of trade".
"I think everything with a trade deal is on the table," he said.
"When you're dealing in trade, everything is on the table - so NHS or anything else, a lot more than that, but everything will be on the table, absolutely."
But in an interview with Good Morning Britain's Piers Morgan, he said: "I don't see it being on the table. Somebody asked me a question today and I say everything is up for negotiation, because everything is.
You may also want to watch:
"But I don't see that as being, that something that I would not consider part of trade. That's not trade."
He also held out the prospect of a meeting in the future with Jeremy Corbyn after snubbing him during this visit.
Asked if he could imagine negotiating a trade deal with a government led by Corbyn, the president told Good Morning Britain: "It's always possible. Anything is possible."
He said he "didn't think it was appropriate" to meet Corbyn "but I would".
"I certainly would have no problem with it," he added.
Among those who have had meetings with the president are Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage and senior Tory Eurosceptics Iain Duncan Smith and Owen Paterson.
Tory leadership frontrunner Boris Johnson was offered a meeting but declined in order to attend a hustings in Westminster, although he had a 20-minute phone conversation with the president.
Become a Supporter
The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.