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Trump U-turns no NHS remark

US 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.

Trump U-turns no NHS remark

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.

"I think everything with a trade deal is on the table," Mr Trump told reporters during his state visit to the UK. "So NHS or anything else, or a lot more than that. But everything will be on the table, absolutely."

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.

"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," Mr Trump said in an interview broadcast on ITV News.

"That's something that I would not consider part of trade. That's not trade."

Mrs May had earlier suggested that the health service might be off-limits.

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