Donald Trump has claimed Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn would be “so bad” for the UK ahead of the 12 December general election.
Appearing on LBC Radio with host Nigel Farage, the leader of the Brexit Party, the US president also heaped praise on his “friend” Prime Minister Boris Johnson as a “fantastic guy” and “terrific”.
Mr Trump said: “I have great relationships with many of the leaders, including Boris who’s a fantastic man – I think he’s the exact right guy for the times.”
Turning to the Labour leader – as he made a highly unusual intervention in another country’s domestic politics for a foreign leader – the US president added: “Corbyn would be so bad for your country, he’d be so bad, he’d take you in such a bad way.
“He’d take you into such bad places. But your country has tremendous potential, it’s a great country.”
Mr Corbyn responded to Mr Trump on Twitter, posting: “Donald Trump is trying to interfere in Britain’s election to get his friend Boris Johnson elected.”
The Labour leader also repeated his claim that the NHS could be part of negotiations over a post-Brexit US-UK trade deal.
“It was Trump who said in June the NHS is ‘on the table’,” he added.
“And he knows if Labour wins US corporations won’t get their hands on it. Our NHS is not for sale.”
In the radio interview, the US president claimed Mr Johnson was “willing to do what nobody else would do” on Brexit, which Mr Trump said he was “disappointed” had now been delayed from today to 31 January.
He also hailed the prospect of a post-Brexit trade deal between the US and UK, which would lead to “four to five times higher” than the current amount of trade between the two countries.
“He [Mr Johnson] is looking very much at the United States because we could do much more on trade,” Mr Trump said.
“We’re much bigger than we were when I took office, we’ve grown a tremendous amount and China’s gone in the opposite direction.
“We’ve gained trillions of dollars in value and worth and they’ve lost trillions of dollars, so we’re far and away the largest economy in the world and we want to do trade with UK and they want to do trade with us.”
However, the US president warned there were “certain aspects” of the prime minister’s Brexit deal with the EU that could hinder the ability of Mr Johnson to sign a trade deal with America.
“Under certain aspects of the deal you can’t do it,” he said. “You can’t do it, you can’t trade, we can’t make a trade deal with the UK.
“I think we can do many times the numbers that we’re doing right now and certainly much bigger numbers than you’re doing under the EU.
“So, I know Boris wants to be very careful of that.”
Donald Trump is trying to interfere in Britain’s election to get his friend Boris Johnson elected.
It was Trump who said in June the NHS is “on the table”. And he knows if Labour wins US corporations won’t get their hands on it.
Our NHS is not for sale.pic.twitter.com/AUhht3pCgL
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) October 31, 2019
Mr Trump also denied the NHS would form part of trade negotiations between the UK and US, despite having claimed in June – during a state visit to the UK – that “everything is on the table” in trade discussions.
“No, not at all. We wouldn’t even be involved in that,” the president said.
He added: “It’s not for us to have anything to do with your healthcare system. We’re just talking about trade.
“Your trade with us could be four to five times higher than it is right now. That would make your country much bigger economically than it is right now.
“You’re being held back by the EU – so are other countries within the EU.”
The prime minister has repeatedly dismissed speculation of an electoral pact with the Brexit Party ahead of the 12 December poll, despite an offer from Mr Farage.
Yet, Mr Farage has refused to rule out the prospect of the Brexit Party withdrawing candidates from hundreds of seats in order to instead target a small number of Labour-held constituencies.
This would likely prove a huge boost to Mr Johnson’s chances of leading the Tories to victory.
And Mr Trump speculated the two “brilliant” men would “end up doing something” as he phoned in to Mr Farage’s radio show.
“I know that you and him will end up doing something that could be terrific – if you and he get together it’s [an] unstoppable force,” he said.
Responding to Mr Trump’s claim that the prime minister’s Brexit deal could hinder a US-UK trade agreement, a Downing Street source said: “Under this new deal the whole of the UK will leave the EU customs union, which means we can strike our own free trade deals around the world from which every part of the UK will benefit.”
Liberal Democrat MP Chuka Umunna claimed Mr Trump’s comments about Mr Johnson were “yet another example of the cuddly relationship between the two men”.
“As the saying goes, you can tell a lot about a person by the company they keep,” he added.
“Trump is a bully, a misogynist and a racist. Yet the Conservatives have fawned to secure a post-Brexit trade deal with him.”