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Trump backs Johnson but says 'I'll stay out of election'

Sky News logo Sky News 3 days ago Rebecca Taylor, news reporter

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Donald Trump has promised to stay out of the UK general election as he visits for the NATO summit - but said Boris Johnson will do a good job.

Mr Trump said he backed Brexit, and even predicted it, as he spoke to reporters alongside NATO's secretary general Jens Stoltenberg.

Asked about interfering in the 12 December poll, Mr Trump said: "I don't want to complicate it. I've won a lot of elections for a lot of people."

He went on: "I'll stay out of the election. I'm a fan of Brexit, I called it. I was here, they asked if it was going to happen and I said yes and they smiled, it was just my opinion.

"I'll stay out of it, but Boris is very capable and I think he will do a good job."

U.S. President Donald Trump attends a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. © Reuters U.S. President Donald Trump attends a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Asked about whether the NHS would be discussed between US and UK officials for a future trade deal after Brexit, he said: "No not at all. I have nothing to do with it. Never even thought about it, honestly.

"I don't even know where that rumour started.

"We have absolutely nothing to do with it, and we wouldn't want to. If you handed it to us on a silver platter, we'd want nothing to do with it."

While he has not scheduled a bilateral meeting with Mr Johnson, the president said: "I will be meeting with him, yes."

Jens Stoltenberg, Donald Trump are posing for a picture: Donald Trump meets with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg © Reuters Donald Trump meets with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg He added: "I have many meetings. I have meetings set up with lots of different countries."

But he acknowledged he could "work with" Jeremy Corbyn if he was to become prime minister after the election next week, saying he could work with anybody.

Mr Trump also criticised French president Emmanuel Macron for saying NATO was suffering "brain death".

"France is not doing well economically at all, they are struggling. It's a tough statement to make when you have such difficulty in France.

"You look at what happened with the Yellow Vests, they've had a rough year, you can't go around making statements like that about NATO. It's very disrespectful," Mr Trump said.

He went on: "No one needs NATO more than France.

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"The one who benefits the least is really the United States, we are helping Europe.

"That's why I think when France makes a statement like they do about NATO that's a very dangerous statement for them to make."

He said he would not allow France to take advantage of American companies like Twitter and Facebook through taxing them, saying he would tax them on wine and other products.

"These were companies which were against me, they were meant to be very powerful but I won so maybe they aren't so powerful.

"But if anyone is going to tax them, it'll be America," he said.

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