By Isha Sesay • 04 December 2019 • 11:31
Jeremy Corbyn vowed to confront Donald Trump at the NATO dinner at the Palace. Credit: PA/Reuters.
JEREMY CORBYN was left humiliated after he failed to confront Donald Trump over the NHS at Tuesday night’s Buckingham Palace NATO gathering hosted by the Queen.
The Labour leader had vowed to “make clear” to the US President that the health service would not be up for grabs in any post-Brexit trade deal with the US.
In series of interviews this week, Corbyn said he was planning to challenge the President over the health service at the Palace. He said he would tell Trump how precious the national health service is and in any future trade relationship with the USA, no public services were up for sale and investor state protection is not acceptable to the government.
But in an embarrassing setback, the labour leader never got a chance to speak with Trump and follow through on his promise, which was ridiculed by a cabinet minister as a “desperate stunt.” Labour sources also confirmed that Corbyn had not managed to challenge Trump in person at the event.
This is the second blow that Corbyn has been dealt this week, after the President shut down his claim at an earlier NATO summit, dismissing the idea he wants a post-Brexit trade deal to open the health service to American companies. Speaking at the event, Trump insisted the US “wouldn’t touch the NHS if you gave it to us on a silver platter.”
This week, heads of state from around the world are in London, England, for a NATO summit. The Queen hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace to commemorate the alliance’s 70th anniversary, with Donald Trump, Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, and many more foreign leaders taking part in the event.
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