U.S. President Donald Trump backtracked on comments that Britain’s public health service should be on the table in future post-Brexit trade talks between the two countries after Prime Minister Theresa May said some areas might be off-limits.
The National Health Service (NHS) is a cherished institution for many Britons. Created after World War Two, it provides a wide range of services ranging from routine consultations to life-saving operations.
Later, however, he said that while nothing would be off the table in talks, he did not see the NHS as falling under the realm of trade.
Britain’s health minister, Matt Hancock, also made clear that he would not countenance the NHS being part of trade talks.