Trump says PM Corbyn is ‘not going to happen’ as he holds one-on-one talks with Tory leader hopefuls Jeremy Hunt and Michael Gove after phone call with Boris Johnson
- Donald Trump played down prospects of a Corbyn premiership as a ‘long shot’
- US president turned down Labour leader’s request for meeting during state visit
- Mr Corbyn delivered an extraordinary rant at Mr Trump to a protest in London
Donald Trump today dismissed the prospect of Jeremy Corbyn becoming PM – saying he ‘doesn’t think it’s going to happen’.
The US president said it was a ‘long shot’ that he would find himself trying to negotiate a trade deal with the Labour leader – although he admitted ‘anything is possible’.
The comments came after it emerged that Mr Corbyn had requested a meeting with Mr Trump during his state visit – despite snubbing a banquet hosted by the Queen and delivering an extraordinary rant at the president to protesters in Trafalgar Square.
Jeremy Corbyn requested a meeting with Mr Trump during his state visit – despite snubbing a banquet hosted by the Queen and delivering an extraordinary rant at the president to protesters in Trafalgar Square (pictured)
Mr Trump revealed in a joint press conference with Theresa May yesterday that he had rejected the request for a meeting with the veteran left-winger.
Asked in an interview with ITV’s GMB today whether he would be able to negotiate a transatlantic trade deal with Mr Corbyn, the president said: ‘It’s always possible. Anything is possible.’
‘I don’t know him. He wanted to meet, it was a very tough to meet and probably inappropriate to be honest with you,’ Mr Trump said.
‘A lot of things are happening right now with respect to our country and your country…
‘it’s really a tremendous relationship. So, I didn’t think it was appropriate to meet him, but I would. I certainly would have no problem with it.
In an apparent reference to a Corbyn premiership, Mr Trump added: ‘I think it’s a long shot when you say that, you know, I don’t, I don’t think it’s going to happen.’
US president Donald Trump told ITV’s GMB today (pictured) it was a ‘longshot’ that he would find himself trying to negotiate a trade deal with the Labour leader – although he admitted ‘anything is possible’
Jeremy Hunt, pictured right at a banquet with Mr Trump and Theresa May last night, is due to meet the president one-on-one today
Another Tory leadership hopeful, Michael Gove (pictured left at a Buckingham Palace banquet this week), is expected to meet the president this morning. Boris Johnson spoke to Mr Trump on the phone on Monday night
The Labour leader addressed crowds of protesters on Tuesday as Mr Trump met the Prime Minister.
Among those who have had meetings with the president are Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage and senior Tory Eurosceptics Iain Duncan Smith and Owen Paterson.
Tory leadership frontrunner Boris Johnson was offered a meeting but declined in order to attend a hustings in Westminster, although he had a 20-minute phone conversation with the president.
The expected meetings with Mr Hunt and Mr Gove come after the president was asked about the Tory leadership race during his press conference on Tuesday.
“I know Boris. I like him. I have liked him for a long time. I think he would do a very good job. I know Jeremy, I think he would do a very good job,” he said.
He then turned to Mr Hunt and joked: “I don’t know Michael – would he do a good job, Jeremy?”
Despite Mr Trump’s suggestion that he did not know Mr Gove, the two men have met – the Environment Secretary interviewed the then president-elect at Trump Tower for a story published in The Times in January 2017.
Thousands of protesters against the US president turned out yesterday – but the crowds were much smaller than expected
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