UK's Johnson says he met Trump, avoids answering why no photo together

Boris Johnson and Donald Trump

Boris Johnson meets Donald Trump at the UN General Assembly in September

Chuka Umunna has criticised Boris Johnson's "close relationship" with Donald Trump as the United Kingdom hosts a summit of the 29 North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders.

He made the remarks during a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

Britain's decision on whether to allow Huawei a role in building 5G telecoms networks will be based on ensuring the national security and ensuring cooperation with the US -led Five Eyes intelligence alliance, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday.

The gathering was meant to celebrate the 70th birthday of the 29-member military alliance, but fissures were on display as the leaders met at a luxury country hotel outside London.

Despite shows of solidarity, divisions were on display on Tuesday as Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron clashed over the French president's suggestion the alliance was experiencing a "brain death".

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Corbyn, whose party is trailing Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservatives in the polls ahead of a December 12 election, has sought to make Britain's much-loved National Health Service (NHS) a key battleground in the vote. He was not photographed alongside Trump Tuesday, though the two met in private at 10 Downing St. and appeared together in a group photo of leaders. Downing Street was braced for fireworks with Trump arriving for a meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military alliance just days before the 12 December vote.

"History shows that peace can not be taken for granted and even as we celebrate this anniversary we must ensure our deeds match our words", Johnson said.

His party has repeatedly claimed that the health service is "on the table" in a post-Brexit trade deal with the US. The fate of the much-loved health service is a key Labour campaign plank.

But he still managed to endorse Johnson as "very capable" and intervene in a row over USA interests in Britain's state-run National Health Service (NHS) after Brexit.

"So the reality is the evidence is there and the anxiety that we have about the NHS under a Boris Johnson regime and his relationship with Trump causes us extreme concern".

"I think it is time they give us an assurance that they will not sell off our NHS, that they will not sell off our public services as part of a trade deal with the U.S.". Corbyn said Wednesday. "Why did they continue for months having these discussions with the NHS totally on the table?"

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"So I think this is just such nonsense".

In a press conference yesterday, the president promised to "stay out" of the election campaign and most of his remarks were about divisions within North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

Corbyn is a longtime critic of Western military interventions and has often criticized North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, but Labour's official policy is to remain part of the organization.

But speaking on ITV's This Morning, Corbyn defended his unveiling of the unredacted notes and said: 'I held the dossier up because it had been released, and I've seen it, and at no stage until today when this new conspiracy theory arose has anyone challenged the correctness of that document, the veracity of that document'.

Johnson's Conservative Party are ahead in opinion polls, but it remains unclear whether they are far enough in front to form the majority government Johnson requires to take Britain out of the European Union in January.

All 650 seats in the House of Commons are up for grabs in next week's vote.

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