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Trump to meet Macron, Merkel at NATO summit
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of next week’s NATO summit in London. The summit comes at a critical moment for the 29-member military alliance, which has been fraying in the face of Trump’s complaints that too many NATO members are spending too little on defense. Trump also has meetings scheduled during the summit with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte.The summit is scheduled Tuesday and Wednesday.Trump has no meeting scheduled, as of now, with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the summit host.
NHS workers and anti-war activists have led a protest targeting US President Donald Trump and Nato in central London.
Hundreds of protesters gathered in Trafalgar Square before marching towards Buckingham Palace, where Mr Trump and other Nato leaders are being hosted by the Queen on Tuesday night.
Many in the crowd held aloft placards bearing messages such as “No to Trump, No to War” and “Trump, Hands off our NHS”.
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The Queen is preparing to host US President Donald Trump at a Buckingham Palace reception for Nato leaders. © Provided by The Scotsman The controversial American billionaire-turned-politician, who will be joined by his wife Melania, will gather with Western politicians and their partners in the royal residence's grand State Rooms.Protesters are planning to march from London's Trafalgar Square down The Mall to the palace to demonstrate as the event takes place on Tuesday.
Some protesters expressed concern over the possible impact of a future trade deal between the US and the UK affecting the NHS.
Raoul Li-Everington, 27, a junior doctor working for the NHS in north London, said the health service was in “decline” due to “austerity” policies.
“It’s clear to me that the next step is for the Americans to start investing in the NHS, buying up the NHS,” he said.
“That only leads to universal coverage not existing anymore,” he added.
“People will have poorer care and we will inherit a lot of America’s health problems in terms of their system.
“I’m here on behalf of all the junior doctors in this country worried about the path the NHS is heading down, which is depressing.”
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Dave Bell, 66, from London, who worked as a mental health nurse for 45 years, said he feared the NHS being “broken up” by private organisations.
“Health is not a commodity to make a profit on and that’s exactly what’s happening in America,” he said.
Desiree Cranenburgh, 62, from Hammersmith in London and a former NHS employee in its pharmacy department, said: “I don’t think we can trust Trump and Boris Johnson on not doing some sort of a deal, it’s big business (for) the pharmaceutical companies.”
She added: “The cost of drugs… it could be that they will rocket out of control.”
Police gradually allowed protesters to make their way down The Mall on Tuesday night as official cars with police escorts sped past on the other side of the barriers.
Ahead of the march, protesters at Trafalgar Square cheered and applauded speakers addressing them from a lorry parked at the base of Nelson’s Column.
Some held placards bearing a range of political messages for Mr Trump, including in relation to Palestine and Cuba.
A group of protesters carrying flags and banners called on Nato and Turkey to stop their “war on Kurds”.
Others in the crowd said they were protesting against the Nato gathering in London.
Sue Roebuck, 73, from London, said: “I think Nato is a warmongering organisation, it’s not there for peace at all.”
“It’s all about militarising the whole world,” she added.
She argued investment in tackling cyber crime and environmental concerns should come before spending on the military and nuclear armaments.
Trump calls Trudeau 'two-faced' at NATO summit as candid chat goes viral .
NATO leaders professed unity on Wednesday at a summit near London — but a spat over off-the-cuff chit chat at a royal reception rattled their show of solidarity. U.S. President Donald Trump branded the leader of America’s northern neighbor “two-faced” after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared to gossip about Trump in comments caught on camera and microphone. Trudeau was seen standing in a huddle with French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Britain’s Princess Anne, daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, at Tuesday evening’s Buckingham Palace reception for NATO leaders.
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