Boris Johnson will NOT talk to Donald Trump in spite of the fact that the UK president is in front of the NATO summit after fearing it would affect his election bid
- Donald Trump was to arrive in the UK last night for a two-day summit
- The prospect of the president's visit was a nightmare for Tory strategists
- They fear a comment or Tweet can damage Mr. Johnson's electoral fortune
Boris Johnson will not have one-on-one conversations with Donald Trump to prevent his visit from disabling the Tory election campaign.
Mr Trump arrived in the UK tonight, prior to a two-day summit of NATO leaders starting tomorrow.
The prospect of the American President's candid visit has been a nightmare for Tory strategists who fear that a misplaced comment or Tweet could harm Mr. Johnson's election fortune.
Johnson called on Mr. Trump last week to prevent him from commenting on the UK election during his visit by saying: & If you have good friends and allies like the US and UK, it is best that neither party gets involved in each other's elections. campaign. & # 39;
Donald J. Trump and his wife Melania are leaving Air Force One tonight for a NATO summit at Stansted Airport
This week's meeting, which marks NATO's 70th anniversary, is because allies are at odds with Syria. Mr. Trump has also required members to increase their military spending.
With French President Emmanuel Macron locked up in a word war with Turkish Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Johnson said last night that the alliance must remain "united".
Macron criticized Turkey's decision to send troops to northern Syria after Mr. Trump had withdrawn US troops from the area.
Downing Street yesterday refused to confirm whether the two leaders would hold conversations. But a high source from Tory said last night that the prime minister would not have one-on-one conversations with Mr. Trump.
The absence of a dedicated meeting would be unprecedented for a visiting US president.
But ministers want to prevent Labor from having the chance to state its disputed claims that the NHS & # 39; on the table & # 39; would be recycled in a post-Brexit trade agreement with the US.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is giving a speech tonight during a campaign event in Colchester
Mr. Corbyn wrote to both men separately last night and urged them to suspend trade negotiations until they & # 39; off the table & # 39; was met.
According to labor sources, Mr. Corbyn is expected to attend a reception for NATO leaders at Buckingham Palace this afternoon.
The nuclear disarmament campaign, of which Mr. Corbyn is vice-president, will hold a demonstration against Mr. Trump's visit outside the palace with a number of NHS employees.
But Tory's worries go beyond the NHS line. There are fears that Mr. Trump can weigh against last week's terror attack or the Brexit. He is expected to hold a press conference tomorrow when he is likely to be questioned about British politics.
Johnson formally welcomes Mr. Trump to the summit and is pictured with him at the NATO event.
Meanwhile, experts claimed last night that the leakage of online-classified British-American trade documents looked like a Russian disinformation campaign discovered this year.
Mr Corbyn said last week that the documents – shared online for the first time in October – showed that the Tories were planning to offer the NHS for sale.
But researchers said the way they were shared reflected a campaign that used fabricated or modified documents to spread false stories.