Trump this morning:

UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt:

In the UK even the Tories don’t attack the principle of a national health, at least not in public statements.

The Guardian:

Theresa May has rebuked Donald Trump over his claim the NHS is failing, publicly backing her health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, after he tweeted disagreement with the US president’s view.

The response from May – who generally seeks to avoid criticising Trump – came after the president condemned Democrat plans for a universal healthcare system by noting in a tweet Saturday’s protest march in London demanding more NHS funding.

Democratic plans. Not Democrat plans; “Democrat” is not the adjective; the adjective is Democratic. Using “Democrat” as the adjective is a calculated insult from the other side, and it’s also illiterate.

Asked whether May backed Hunt’s opinion, her spokesman said: “The prime minister is proud of having an NHS which is free at the point of delivery.

“NHS funding is at a record high, and was prioritised in the budget with an extra £2.8bn. In the recent Commonwealth Fund international survey the NHS was rated the best in the world for a second time.”

Asked whether No 10 backed Hunt’s specific tweet, the spokesman said: “Jeremy Hunt is the health secretary and of course he speaks for the government on these matters.”

The spokesman declined to say whether the PM was annoyed at another leader expressing opinions on UK domestic policy. But asked if May had ever commented on the US healthcare system he said: “I can’t recall her having done so.”

After his tweet mentioning the NHS, Trump praised the coverage of Fox News for “exposing the truth”.

The channel’s morning show had featured the former Ukip leader Nigel Farage discussing the pro-NHS marches. Asked why people were protesting, Farage claimed pressure on the NHS was caused by immigration.

Ah yes, if you’re looking for the truth, Fox News and Nigel Farage are the place to go.

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