November 29, 2019 / 10:28 AM / 10 days ago

Johnson implores Trump - please avoid the election

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives at Healey's Cornish Cyder Farm, in Callestick, Britain, November 27, 2019. Dan Kitwood/Pool via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it was best if U.S. President Donald Trump did not get involved in Britain’s upcoming election when he visits London for a NATO summit next week.

“What we don’t do traditionally as loving allies and friends, what we don’t do traditionally, is get involved in each other’s election campaigns,” said Johnson, whose Conservative Party has a commanding lead in the polls ahead of the Dec. 12.

“The best (thing) when you have close friends and allies like the U.S. and the UK is for neither side to get involved in each other’s election.”

Trump has already waded into the election, saying in October left-wing opposition leader Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, would be “so bad” for Britain and that Johnson should do a pact with Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage.

Corbyn has used Trump’s praise of Johnson as one of his focal messages to attack the Conservatives in his campaign, saying they would sell off parts of the much-loved state-run National Health Service to the U.S. businesses after Brexit if they win the election.

Reporting by Michael Holden and Andrew MacAskill; editing by Guy Faulconbridge

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