Remembering what Nigel Farage said about taking policy advice from foreign leaders

Remembering what Nigel Farage said about taking policy advice from foreign leaders
above: @Nigel_Farage/Twitter, below: @realDonaldTrump/Twitter

Nigel Farage has said something which makes Donald Trump's suggestion he become an ambassador extremely awkward.

In 2015 the president of the United States Barack Obama met with then prime minister David Cameron to discuss the Trans-Atlantic Trade Partnership.

In remarks between the two leaders, the president said he was 'looking forward' to Britain remaining in the European Union.

Parking to one side your immediate thoughts of 'nice one Barack, cheers for that.', you'll also remember the other big event that occurred on 7 June 2015.

That's right, the 4th Annual UKIP South East Conference had just been completed at the Congress Theatre in Eastbourne...

Of course. We all know where we were that day.

The then leader of Ukip Nigel Farage, responded to the president's comments via Twitter.

Just 17 months and 15 days later, the President-elect of the United States voiced an opinion about British foreign policy.

We all know Nigel Farage isn't one to be a hypocrite. He means what he says, and he doesn't flip flop like other politicians.

Rest assured. Any moment now he'd be denouncing this latest attempt by a foreign leader to change the policy of a prime minister.

We're sure Farage would waggle his finger and tell Trump that British ambassadors are career diplomats, and as members of HM Diplomatic Service, are approved by Buckingham Palace.

They represent both the government and the crown, and are given access to high security information - Farage would assert.

Moreover, the current British ambassador to the United States, Sir Kim Darroch, is already in place.

Just you wait. Farage was definitely set the President-elect straight for being so presumptuous.

Writing an article for the right-wing news website Breitbart, Farage chastised Her Majesty's Government for being 'negative'.

At every stage I am greeted by negative comments coming out of Downing Street. The dislike of me, UKIP, and the referendum result is more important to them than what could be good for our country.

He pledged his support to work for Anglo-American relationships, and concluded:

I have known several of the Trump team for years and I am in a good position with the President-elect’s support to help. The world has changed and its time that Downing Street did too.

Yet surely this 'good position' is marred by Farage's views about president's minding their own business.

The clash of views between the two otherwise firm allies was noticed by Chris Kendall, a European civil servant working in foreign policy.

Will the two men be able to breach this irrevocable difference of opinion?

So much for a special relationship.

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