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Sunak declines to say if he would work with a re-elected Trump after conviction

31 May 2024 3 minute read
Former President Donald Trump – Image: Michael M. Santiago

Donald Trump’s trial is not “my focus”, Rishi Sunak has said when asked if he would work with the convicted former US president if the Republican returns to power.

The Prime Minister refused to comment on the ex-president’s hush money trial conviction when asked by reporters.

A New York jury found Mr Trump guilty of falsifying business records in a scheme to illegally influence the 2016 election through hush money payments to adult film actress Stormy Daniels, who said the two had sex.

The former president, the first to be convicted of felony crimes, insisted he was a “very innocent man” and claimed without evidence the trial was “rigged”.

Election

Asked whether he was willing to work with a convicted felon in the White House if he wins July’s election, the Prime Minister said: “You wouldn’t expect me to comment on another country’s domestic politics or judicial processes.

“I’m focused squarely on the election here at home, talking to people across the country about the choice at our election.

“That’s my focus.”

Conviction

Mel Stride, the Work and Pensions Secretary and a close ally of Mr Sunak, described Mr Trump’s conviction as “extraordinary”.

Asked if the Prime Minister would trust Mr Trump following the guilty verdict, Mr Stride told Times Radio he would not comment on the judicial process in the US.

But he added: “What I’m absolutely sure of is that whatever the outcome of the election – and I very much hope that Rishi is back in Number 10 for all sorts of reasons that we may come on to – that we will have a good and enduring continuingly positive relationship with the United States, whoever is going to be president in November.

“That’s a relationship which, as you know, goes back many decades, so it’s always been solid and has always been to our advantage, and to the advantage of America in her leadership of the West.”

Labour’s shadow science secretary Peter Kyle said his party would focus on preserving the UK and US’s relationship.

He told Times Radio: “It’s a special relationship and we need to focus on preserving that for future generations. So there are things that transcend the governments of any day.

“Britain and America work incredibly closely on defence, security, intelligence, and of course the economic ties are numerous and incredibly important to both countries.”


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Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
17 days ago

Oh really? Sunak is quite happy to say that the Tories will do all manner of things that they clearly will not and have not over 14 years and then goes tight lipped on Trump. Very strange.

hdavies15
hdavies15
17 days ago
Reply to  Fi yn unig

He’s showing that he realises he’s a loser, not likely to be anywhere near No.10 at time of US election. So if Trump ends up as POTUS it will be Starmer who’ll have to deal with him. He’ll have a choice – work closely with him, just work with him or distance himself from Trump and US. That last option just isn’t doable so he’ll have to do his best to pass some sense on to the Orange guy if he’s the man in possession.

Jeff
Jeff
17 days ago

Not sure why Stride said “extraordinary”. Ex Pres who is convicted for sex offences (judge adjudicated it was rape) and now a criminal that cannot get a pardon. His trial on stealing nuclear secrets is stymied by his placed judge for the time being. And several other high court judges are batting for him. He has election interference trial on the horizon. And another trial loss is going to appeal. Then Sunak is quiet on this yet he blabs on and on about how much better they will be. He must have been following world events and know. If I… Read more »

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
17 days ago
Reply to  Jeff

That’s more than just a rash, is it not the time of the year when reptiles shed their skin…

Jeff
Jeff
17 days ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

Farage/Tory far right party is/are often shouting and complaining about criminals coming to the UK, wonder if he will still complain about a convicted ex president if he comes here, same goes for a lot of countries, Canada for example.

Jeff
Jeff
17 days ago
Reply to  Jeff

Oh yeah, Cohen, who testified, served time for his part in this crime.

Gareth
Gareth
17 days ago

Green card holding Sunak, is not going to upset Trump by making a statement, as he may need Trump in the future, when he moves to the USA.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
17 days ago
Reply to  Gareth

Poor Rishi, the thought of being stuck between Trump, Modi, his in-laws and an ungrateful England must irritate…

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
17 days ago

Of course titchy Tory Rishy Sunak is vague about working with convicted criminal Donald Trump. He’ll be kicked out of office by the time the US election in November. No doubt his American green card will come in handy as he’ll be sunning it in California with his tax evading non dom wife spending her rich daddy’s millions.

Last edited 17 days ago by Y Cymro

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