Which Donald Trump to believe? (If any.)

There is the present-moment Trump, for example. As if carefully scripted by Conservative central headquarters, the US president now tells the media that America is not interested in the National Health Service even if it was “handed on a silver platter”. 

In the summer, however, a seeming eternity ago, when he was hosted by Theresa May and might not have received the same level of intensive briefing and coaching as recently, he made it perfectly clear that in a trade deal “everything” is on the table – and he said so in direct response to a question specifically about the NHS.

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