PM to downplay ties to Donald Trump amid claims of ‘NHS sell-off’

Tory strategists hope president will not fuel speculation over US seeking to profit from NHS

Boris Johnson will seek to downplay his relationship with president Donald Trump at this week’s Nato meeting, amid Labour’s accusations that a US-UK trade deal will lead to an NHS sell-off and higher drug prices for Britons.

As the US president landed at London Stansted just before 10pm on Monday and disembarked with his wife, Melania, Conservative strategists were hoping Trump would not add fuel to accusations that the US will seek to profit from the NHS as the price for any trade deal.

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