|Published : 22 Nov 2016, 18:35:39|
Trump proposes Ukip leader as UK ambassador
US president-elect, Donald Trump, has suggested that the Ukip leader, Nigel Farage, should be the UK’s ambassador to the US.
“Many people would like to see [@Nigel_Farage] represent Great Britain as their Ambassador to the United States,” Trump tweeted on Monday evening. “He would do a great job!”
In a brief call with BBC Breakfast, Farage said he had been awake since 2am UK time when the tweet was first posted.
The Ukip leader said he was flattered by the tweet, calling it “a bolt from the blue” and said he did not see himself as a typical diplomatic figure “but this is not the normal course of events”, reports The Guardian.
But a Downing Street spokesman said: “There is no vacancy. We already have an excellent ambassador to the US.”
Farage said he had not been expecting Trump’s tweet, but said it was a signal that Downing Street needed to change its thinking about him.
“I can still scarcely believe that he did that though speaking to a couple of his longtime friends perhaps I am a little less surprised,” he wrote in an piece on Tuesday morning for rightwing site Breitbart.
“They all say the same thing: that Trump is a very loyal man and supports those that stand by him.”
Farage said personal relationships were key to how the former business tycoon operated. “Sadly, the cesspit that is career politics understands nothing of this,” he said. “In their world the concept of trust is transitory.”
Farage, an MEP and on-again-off-again leader of Ukip for a decade, recently suggested he could launch an eighth bid to become an MP. Seven previous attempts were unsuccessful. - IH