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Trump NHS comments should be taken with a "lorry load of salt" - why should we believe him now when only a few months he said "everything is on the table"

December 3, 2019 11:27 AM

Ali Avaei NHS privatisationPresident Donald Trump's denyial that the NHS will be on the table in future trade talks has been dismissed by Ali Avaei, Liberal Democrats candidate for Newcastle Central, who said:

"Like Boris Johnson, Donald Trump is hardly known for his honesty. Voters will rightly take these comments with a lorry load of salt.

"Trump has repeatedly made clear in the past that everything including the NHS will be on the table in future negotiations.

"If Boris Johnson wins a majority he'll be so desperate for a trade deal with Donald Trump that he'll become his poodle. Johnson can't be trusted with our health service, our medicines or our food standards, all of which would be at risk after Brexit.

"Only the Liberal Democrats are fighting for the UK to remain in the EU so we can stand up to Trump, protect the NHS and build a brighter future."

In June 2019, Donald Trump insisted that everything is "on the table" in future trade talks including the NHS (as reported widely including by BBC News).