Donald Trump used a joint press conference with Theresa May to laud the UK-US relationship as the “greatest alliance the world has ever known”.
He also said the NHS would be on the table during negotiations on a post-Brexit trade deal with the US.
“I think everything with a trade deal is on the table,” said the president.
“When you’re dealing in trade everything is on the table so NHS or anything else, a lot more than that, but everything will be on the table, absolutely.”
This afternoon, Nigel Farage has been spotted at Winfield House, where the president is staying. It is thought the two are having a private meeting.
It also emerged that Jeremy Corbyn had requested a meeting with the president, but that it was declined.
The president said: “He wanted to meet today or tomorrow and I decided I would not do that. I think he is from where I come from somewhat of a negative force.
“I think the people should look to do things correctly as opposed to criticise – I really don’t like critics as much as I like and respect people who get things done – so I decided not to meet.”
It emerged earlier that Boris Johnson turned down a one-to-one meeting with Mr Trump just days after the US president appeared to endorse him as Mrs May’s successor.
There were rumours the pair were going to hold private one-to-one talks today in London, but instead it is understood they had a “friendly and productive” 20-minute phone call.
The reason the former Foreign Secretary turned down the private meeting is said to be because it would have clashed with One Nation leadership hustings.
Donald Trump seemed to throw his support behind the former Mayor of London as Britain’s next Prime Minister, saying before the trip: “I think Boris would do a very good job. I think he would be excellent.” Read more