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US President Donald Trump told reporters he was a “fan of Brexit” during his visit to the UK

US President Donald Trump has said he could “work with anybody” in No 10 – nine days ahead of a general election.

Speaking on a three-day visit to the UK, Mr Trump said he would “stay out of the election”, that he was a “fan of Brexit” and he thought PM Boris Johnson was “very capable”.

Mr Trump is in the UK for a Nato summit being held in Watford on Wednesday.

He will attend a reception hosted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace later, where protests are expected.

The US president was speaking during a breakfast meeting with Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the US ambassador’s residence in London.

Mr Trump also said the US wanted “absolutely nothing to do with” the NHS, when asked if it would form any part of future trade talks. He added: “Never even thought about it, honestly.”

And he said the US was “trying to work something out” with the family of teenager Harry Dunn, who was killed after a collision with a car driven by a US diplomat’s wife who has since returned home, claiming diplomatic immunity.

His comments came moments after he told reporters that he was staying out of the election on 12 December “because I don’t want to complicate it”.

President Trump is visiting the UK to attend a Nato summit commemorating the 70th anniversary of the transatlantic organisation.

Scotland Yard has said road closures will be in place in central London during the summit.

He is due to have separate talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron.

Ahead of that meeting, Mr Trump criticised Mr Macron, saying the French president had been “very disrespectful” by suggesting Nato was “brain dead”.

President Trump will attend a working lunch with representatives from Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Lithuania, Bulgaria and the UK.

However, it is unclear whether Mr Trump will hold a one-on-one meeting with Mr Johnson.

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US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania disembark from Air Force One at Stansted airport

Mr Trump said he would be meeting the British prime minister during his visit, adding: “I have meetings set up with lots of different countries”.

However, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab – who will meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo later – said on Tuesday that arrangements for such bilateral meetings were “always quite fluid”.

BBC diplomatic correspondent James Lansdale said the Conservatives’ HQ is not keen on such a meeting “to avoid pictures that could be used by his (Boris Johnson’s) opponents” in the upcoming general election.

Mr Johnson and Mr Trump did speak on Saturday, when Mr Trump expressed his condolences after the London Bridge attack.

The Queen will host a reception for world leaders, including Mr Trump, at Buckingham Palace later.

Protesters are expected to gather outside the palace ahead of the event on Tuesday evening.

A spokesman for the family of Harry Dunn said they will join demonstrations in order to “make our feelings known” to Mr Trump.

‘Respect and politeness”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called for Mr Trump to be treated “with respect and politeness” during his visit.

Ahead of the visit, Mr Corbyn wrote to Mr Trump, demanding assurances that the NHS will be “off the table” in any post-Brexit US-UK trade talks. However, Mr Johnson said the claims were “nonsense” and the NHS would not be part of any such trade discussions.

Meanwhile, Mr Johnson has told the Sun newspaper that Mr Corbyn wants to “disband” Nato and accused the Labour leader of being “naive” to the risk of terrorism.

In response, a Labour spokesman said that Mr Corbyn “will do whatever is necessary and effective to keep the British people safe”.

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Media captionBoris Johnson says the UK and US “traditionally don’t get involved in each other’s elections”

Mr Trump has previously been criticised for voicing his opinions of British political leaders.

The US president was warned against getting involved in the upcoming general election by Mr Johnson last week.

Mr Trump later said he was “absolutely cognisant” of the importance of not interfering in other countries’ elections.

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