Trump U-turns, says UKs National Health Service not on table in trade talks

U.S. President Donald Trump walked back his claim that everything including the National Health Service would be on the table in a future trade deal with the U.K.

In a press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday, Trump said: “When youre dealing in trade everythings on the table, so NHS or anything else … everything will be on the table, absolutely.”

But in an interview with ITVs “Good Morning Britain” program, which screened Wednesday morning but was filmed shortly after the May-Trump press conference Tuesday, Trump walked back those comments.

“I dont see it being on the table,” Trump said, referring to the NHS. “Somebody asked me a question and I say everythings up for negotiation because everything is — but thats something that I would not consider part of trade. Thats not trade.”

Trumps comments came after U.S. Ambassador to the U.K. Woody Johnson said last week that a post-Brexit trade deal would require giving the U.S. access to the U.K.s health sector.

The U.S. has set its sights on Britains “reimbursement regime” to ensure “full market access” for American pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Washington also wants to ensure “non-discriminatory” treatment for U.S. companies providing goods and serviRead More – Source

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