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Labour unconvinced by Trump's NHS privatisation U-turn

Shadow chancellor John mcDonnell said the US president has a ‘passing relationship with reality and the truth’

LABOUR accused Donald Trump ytoday of having a “passing relationship with reality and the truth,” after the US president made an unconvincing U-turn on the NHS. 

Speaking at a rally in Birmingham, shadow chancellor John McDonnell said “all the evidence” points to the health service being on the table in trade talks with Washington.

He challenged bizarre comments made by Mr Trump on Tuesday, when he insisted that his country wouldn’t want the NHS “even if it was served on a silver platter.” 

This contradicted his statement earlier in the year that “everything is on the table” in Britain-US trade talks – even the NHS. 

“Donald Trump has a passing relationship with reality and truth sometimes,” Mr McDonnell told voters. 

“So the reality is the evidence is there and the anxiety that we have about the NHS under a Boris Johnson regime and his relationship with Trump causes us extreme concern.”

Labour and campaign groups have accused the government of plotting to sell off the health service as part of a future trade deal with the US. 

Proof of the plans was revealed by the party last week, when it published leaked documents containing details of secret talks. 

Since landing on British soil on Tuesday morning for the two-day Nato summit, Mr Trump has brushed aside questions on the NHS and remained uncharacteristically quiet on other issues. 

This dovetails with reports that Tory aides are anxious to avoid Mr Trump derailing the party’s fragile election campaign.

During today’s campaign speech, Mr McDonnell said that Labour would put an end to “rip-off Britain.” 

He pledged that, under a Labour government, families would be £7,000 better off, thanks to the party’s nationalisation plans and the introduction of a £10-an-hour living wage.


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