Published: Tue, June 04, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Trump says NHS 'on the table' in post-Brexit talks

Trump says NHS 'on the table' in post-Brexit talks

In a joint news conference on Tuesday with outgoing British Prime Minister Theresa May, President Donald Trump expressed confidence that Brexit would eventually happen.

"I think we'll have a very, very substantial trade deal", said Trump, extolling its virtues for both nations. "I think that this is something we both want to do ... we're going to get it done".

Hannah Stiver, who is from the USA but in the United Kingdom on a partner visa, was one of many who said that Trump was a misogynist, citing his "nasty woman" comment about Hillary Clinton and an incident in which he said Fox News host Megyn Kelly had "blood coming out of her wherever".

He said he didn't know May's timings but that she should stick around.

The two are meeting in London, just days before May is to step down as party leader Friday, setting in motion a race to succeed her as prime minister.

The "Trump Baby" blimp is inflated in Parliament Square in central London as people start to gather to demonstrate against the state visit of President Donald Trump. "Once we're out of the European Union we will be able to do what we've been talking about today and develop not just that free trade agreement but a broader economic partnership into the future".

Trump said the United States was committed to a "phenomenal trade deal" with post-Brexit Britain, suggesting that trade could increase three-fold.

She will stay on as prime minister until her successor is found among 13 contenders who must make some hard choices before the twice-delayed Brexit deadline on October 31.

Queen Elizabeth, US president Donald Trump, right, and US first lady Melania Trump view displays of US items of the Royal collection at Buckingham Palace on June 3, 2019 in London.

Meanwhile, protesters in central London voiced their opposition to President Trump's visit.

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Among the demonstrators were people dressed as, or carrying, derogatory depictions of Trump.

U.K. Security Minister Ben Wallace says the government hasn't made a final decision, but that Huawei should be given a chance because the British "believe in fair play".

But the "special relationship" between the two sides is also being tested over different approaches to China and Iran.

The anti-Trump rally sees a return of the Baby Trump blimp, which depicts the president as a whiny diapered baby clutching a cellphone.

Trump had already caused a commotion before he landed, tweeting from Air Force One that London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who has openly criticized the president, was a "stone cold loser".

Earlier, Trump co-hosted a morning round table of American and British corporate executives, alongside May, meant to kick-start discussions for a deal the president is eager to cut.

Trump turned from pomp and ceremony to politics and business on Tuesday.

The protest came as Downing Street said Theresa May would raise the issue of climate change with Mr Trump during his United Kingdom visit.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is due to address the protest, which will be attended by several senior lawmakers from his left-of-center party.

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