Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson pleaded US President Donald Trump on Friday not to get involved in Britain’s upcoming December general election amid his state visit alongside other NATO leaders next week, Reuters reported.
“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 told LBC radio, as cited by the media outlet.
“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”, Britain’s prime minister added .
Reports by Bloomberg also indicate that several UK officials are worried that the US president could damage the Conservatives’ election campaign with his “off script” and “ill-judged comments” during the NATO summit and are therefore taking steps to “minimise the risk”, without specific details being given.
Johnson’s remarks and alleged measures come as no surprise following Donald Trump’s October interview with head of the Brexit Party Nigel Farage, where he praised “fantastic” Boris Johnson, while suggesting that Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn would be “so bad” for the UK as prime minister.
Fears of Alleged NHS Sale
Labour head Jeremy Corbyn has long been criticising the Conservative Party’s post-Brexit plans for the country’s National Health Service (NHS), suggesting that the election of a Tory prime minister would damage the British people’s access to free healthcare due to privitising its services.
Labour recently published a 451-page package of allegedly leaked government documents showing that the Conservative Cabinet under Prime Minister Theresa May had purportedly negotiated the “sale” of the NHS to the US. Johnson has denied the accusations by specifying that Britain’s health services are not for sale.
The Conservative Party is currently leading the polls ahead of the 12 December general election, with Trump’s third visit to the country expected to take place between 2 and 4 December.