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'A toxic political force': Westminster wary of Trump's visit just days before the UK election

‘A toxic political force’: Westminster wary of Trump’s visit just days before the UK election

A lot of external commentators have offered their opinion on U.K. politics in recent weeks, Oxenford said, citing the outgoing European Council President Donald Tusk and former U.S. presidential candidate Hilary Clinton.

But, when it comes to Trump, the “biggest issue” was clearly likely to be the NHS, Oxenford said.

On a state visit to the U.K. earlier this year, the U.S. president suggested that the NHS — which has provided free health care at the point of use for more than 70 years — would be up for grabs during post-Brexit trade talks.

Standing alongside then-Prime Minister Theresa May in June, Trump told reporters: “When you’re dealing in trade everything is on the table. So, NHS or anything else, or a lot more than that — but everything will be on the table, absolutely.”