The Trump administration and it’s fanatical efforts to steer money into the pockets of corporate CEOs may have just inadvertently tanked the Brexit deal and any new trade with the U.K. that would accompany it.
During today’s press conference with disgraced soon-to-be-ex Prime Minister Theresa May, Trump announced that the United States’ for-profit healthcare companies responsible for one of the most cruelly exploitative and staggeringly inefficient healthcare systems in the world are demanding access to Britain’s world-famous National Health Service (NHS) — though, of course, it’s not entirely clear that Trump knew what he was talking about when he answered the question.
Absolutely the NHS is on the table, says Trump.
And there you have it. The very soul of our values up for sale to predators. pic.twitter.com/HoHRJNpfMg
— Mike Galsworthy (@mikegalsworthy) June 4, 2019
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The reaction from British politicians was swift and sharply to the point. Labour politician Andrew Adonis took to Twitter and declared that Trump had just “killed off Brexit” while other commentators wondered how the Conservative Party could possibly win another election if handing the NHS over to Donald Trump was on the table.
Trump literally said in his press conference that the NHS is ‘on the table’ in a trade deal with the US
He just killed off Brexit
— Andrew Adonis (@Andrew_Adonis) June 4, 2019
How does the Conservative Party win a general election in which handing the NHS to Donald Trump is a centrepiece of the campaign.
— (((Dan Hodges))) (@DPJHodges) June 4, 2019
The NHS is beloved by the British people, and for good reason. A free at the point of service universal healthcare system, it’s what we deserve to have here in America as part of our human rights — and what all the health insurance industry ghouls that are filling the campaign chests of centrists like Joe Biden are fighting tooth-and-nail to prevent from coming to pass.
The British people are rightfully horrified at the thought of American health insurance companies getting their hands on the NHS, and we should all be equally horrified that we have had to suffer under their yoke for so many years.
The Labour Party, already in a prime position with the complete failure of the Conservatives to pass any kind of Brexit deal, has just been given the campaign talking point of the century AND an ironclad reason to push for a second referendum — all thanks to “Mr. Brexit” himself!
They will soon be calling me MR. BREXIT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 18, 2016
EDIT: Since the publication of this article, Trump has walked back his earlier comments in his interview with Piers Morgan — likely after having someone explain to him what the NHS was:
“I don’t see it being on the table. Somebody asked me a question today and I say everything is up for negotiation, because everything is. But I don’t see that as being, that’s something that I would not consider part of trade. That’s not trade.”