Trump pledges to ‘stay out’ of Britain’s election campaign Dec 04, 2019 0 640 12345 AFPLondonUS President Donald Trump on Tuesday promised to “stay out” of Britain’s election campaign during a two-day visit, while also seeking to defuse a key attack line against British Prime Minister Boris Johnson over healthcare.Downing Street is braced for fireworks as Trump attends a meeting of the NATO military alliance in Britain, just days before a crucial election on December 12.In his first press conference on Tuesday, the notoriously unpredictable US leader tried to avoid controversy in repeated questions about British politics. “I’ll stay out of the election,” Trump said, adding: “I don’t want to complicate it.” He declined to repeat his previous criticism of main opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, although he praised Johnson as “very capable and I think he will do a good job”.But answering questions during talks with NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg, he could not stay out of an election issue that Labour has put at the heart of its campaign.Corbyn claims US firms are seeking to exploit Britain’s state-run National Health Service (NHS) in any UK-US trade deal London signs after leaving the European Union.But Johnson said last week that if Washington tried to include the NHS in trade talks, “we’d walk away”.There is speculation that, in the middle of an election campaign, Johnson wants to avoid appearing too close to a US president who is deeply unpopular in Britain.On Tuesday Trump insisted: “We have absolutely nothing to do with it and we wouldn’t want to if you handed it to us on a silver platter.” Trump supports Brexit but he publicly criticised former prime minister Theresa May’s approach, suggesting she give up on trying to get a divorce deal with Brussels.The US leader has since questioned whether Johnson’s own deal would allow a trade deal with Washington -- something the premier touts as a big prize of Brexit. RELATED ARTICLES Hindus begin mass animal sacrifice in Nepal despite protest Dec 04, 2019 0 206 Trump, Macron and Erdogan clash outshines NATO summit Dec 04, 2019 0 468 Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa suspends parliament for a month ahead of snap polls Dec 04, 2019 0 174 German defence minister says include Afghans in peace talks Kabul: During her visit to Afghanistan, Germany’s Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer called for the inclusion of Afghan politicians in peace talks with the militant Islamist Taliban, at a press conference .. Japan’s Abe offers to meet S Korea’s Moon after months of tension Tokyo: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday he would be willing to meet face-to-face with South Korean President Moon Jae-in during his visit to China for a trilateral summit in late December. The two .. Spain’s lawmakers sworn in with far-right Vox as third-largest party AFP Madrid Spain’s new parliament met for its opening session on Tuesday, with the far-right Vox as the third-largest party following a divisive election that failed to resolve years of political deadlock. Just over .. NASA finds Indian Moon lander with help of amateur space enthusiast Washington: India’s Vikram lunar lander, which crashed on its final approach to the Moon’s surface in September, has been found thanks in part to the sleuthing efforts of an amateur space enthusiast. NASA made the .. US court rules Deutsche Bank hand over Trump records DPA Washington A US court ruled on Tuesday that Deutsche Bank must hand over financial documents pertaining to President Donald Trump to Congressional committees, though the decision will likely be appealed to the .. Pakistan ex-president Zardari files bail plea on medical grounds ISLAMABAD: Former president Asif Ali Zardari – who is currently under treatment at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) hospital in Islamabad – on Tuesday filed a bail petition on medical grounds. The .. NATO recognises China ‘challenges’ for first time London: NATO is to formally recognise the “challenges” posed by China for the first time, but the alliance chief insisted on Tuesday he did not want to make an adversary of Beijing. Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said ..