Nigel Farage could be given an informal role advising Donald Trump on UK/US relations, senior Republicans are suggesting, after it emerged that he could meet the future US President for a third time this week.
The Telegraph reports,
The former UK Independence Party leader is due to travel again to America this week when he is likely to meet with Mr Trump again – their third meeting in four weeks.
The extent of contact between Mr Farage and Mr Trump will be intensely frustrating for Theresa May, the Prime Minister, who is yet to meet Mr Trump and has only spoken to him briefly by phone.
Mrs May has already risked raising tensions with the US President-elect by rejecting his suggestion to give Mr Farage the job of British ambassador to Washington.
Mr Farage – dressed as Lord Nelson – is understood to have met with Mr Trump for the second time at a fancy dress party in Long Island, New York last weekend.
After the party, when Mr Farage wore a large tri-corner hat, he said: ““Nelson did it with cannons and we did it with votes, all right? You can report that!”
Mr Farage is due to fly to America this week with businessman friend Andy Wigmore on Tuesday. The trio are due to stay until Friday and could meet Mr Trump before then.
The visit will fuel further speculation that Mr Farage is set to given an informal role to advise Mr Trump when he becomes President.
US Republican figures who are close to Mr Trump made clear that Mr Farage’s views will be listened to in his White House.
Steve Bannon, a key Trump aide, told Bloomberg last week: “His ideas will always be listened to seriously in a Trump White House.”
A spokesman for US senator Rand Paul added: “Senator Rand Paul looks forward to supporting a robust post-EU trade deal with the United Kingdom. Nigel Farage will be an essential part in implementing a new treaty.”
Mr Farage told Bloomberg in an interview in the US, published last week: “I am unashamedly promoting the idea of completely resetting the US/UK relationship. It would be a great thing to do in terms of trade.
“I also see Britain as a massively important bridge between America and the rest of NATO, because NATO itself needs to have a conversation about its future in the modern world.”
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