British PM Johnson to Trump: Keep Out of UK Election


Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday it would be “best” if US President Donald Trump does not get involved in Britain’s election when he visits London for a NATO summit next week.

Trump waded into the election in October by saying opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn would be “so bad” for Britain and that Johnson should agree a pact with Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage.

But senior Conservatives are nervous that Trump could upset the campaign when in London, just over a week before the Dec. 12 election which polls indicate Johnson is on course to win.

“What we don’t do traditionally as loving allies and friends, what we don’t do traditionally, is get involved in each other’s election campaigns,” Johnson, 55, told LBC radio.

“The best (thing) when you have close friends and allies like the US and the UK is for neither side to get involved in each other’s election.”

Johnson has said that, if he retains power, he will deliver Brexit by Jan. 31 — after nearly four years of political crisis following a 2016 referendum in which Britons voted to leave the European Union.

He said he wanted to keep in place government preparations for a possible no-deal Brexit – under which Britain would leave without agreement on the terms with Brussels and potentially expose itself to more economic uncertainty – but that he expected to secure a trade deal with the EU by the end of 2020.

“Many of those preparations will be extremely valuable as we come out of EU arrangements anyway,” he told reporters.

NHS ‘not for sale’

The US president, who is due to arrive on Monday, has cast Johnson as “Britain’s Trump” and during a previous visit criticized Johnson’s predecessor Theresa May over her Brexit policy.

Labour’s Corbyn has said Johnson will sell off parts of Britain’s widely cherished health service to US businesses after Brexit, but Johnson denied this. Trump previously said everything including health should be on the table in trade talks, though he later said health would not be.

Johnson said he would use Brexit to introduce new state aid rules, change state purchasing policies and reform farming so that public bodies aim to “buy British” goods.

“The NHS is not for sale,” he said.

Taking questions from LBC listeners, he declined to say how many children he had or whether he would have any more.

Reuters and Algemeiner Staff



  1. In 2016, Johnson responded to comments from Trump that suggested parts of London were dangerous as a result of radicalization.
    ‘The only reason I wouldn’t visit some parts of New York is the real risk of meeting Donald Trump.”
    Johnson said.
    During a visit to New York at the time, Johnson said some New Yorkers mistook him for Trump.
    “I am genuinely worried that [Trump] could become president,” said Johnson. “I was in New York and some photographers were trying to take a picture of me and” someone “walked down the pavement towards me and stopped and said, ‘Gee is that Trump?’ It was one of the worst moments.”
    Of course Corbyn is no friend of Trump either. He once described Trump’s beliefs as “an affront to common humanity”.

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