After Nigel Farage and the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) stunned Europe and the world this June with the Brexit win, Farage dismissed himself from a possible role as Britain’s new prime minister. Now, following another surprise victory -- this time of Donald Trump’s presidential election in the United States -- he may be finding himself a new leadership role.
“Many people would like to see @Nigel_Farage represent Great Britain as their Ambassador to the United States,” Trump tweeted on Nov. 21. “He would do a great job!”
Trump and Farage have been allies since both men’s quick rise onto the international stage.
In August, Farage appeared at a campaign rally for Donald Trump in Jackson, Mississippi, reports The Guardian.
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“We reached those people who have never voted in their lives but believed by going out and voting for Brexit they could take back control of their country, take back control of their borders and get back their pride and self-respect,” Farage told the crowd, describing the Brexit win not two months earlier.
Farage later added, “I will say this: if I was an American citizen, I wouldn’t vote for Hillary Clinton if you paid me!”
According to the Daily Mail, British Prime Minister Theresa May’s administration responded to Trump’s suggestion by noting that the position of ambassador, currently held by Sir Kim Darroch, would not be vacant for, at least, the next four years.
“Traditionally US ambassadors have done four years or even longer stints... we have chosen our ambassador,” a Downing Street spokesperson stated.
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Farage has blasted Ambassador Darroch as a “fanatical Europhile," saying, “[t]he world has changed. It's time that Downing Street did too."
According to The Guardian, Farage met with Trump at Trump Tower on Nov. 12. Following the meeting, Farage tweeted, “[i]t was a great honour to spend time with [Trump]. He was relaxed and full of good ideas. I’m confident he will be a good president.”