This week reports emerged that Nigel Farage was being lined up to act as a go-between for the government and Donald Trump. However, Downing Street sources were quick to deny the claims, suggesting that Ukip’s interim leader was an ‘irrelevance’ to the UK’s relationship with the US.
However, it appears that keeping Ukip’s interim leader on side might not be such a bad idea after all. On Saturday night, Farage — who shared a platform with Trump during his presidential campaign — visited Trump Tower to talk ‘freedom and winning’ with the president-elect. Farage used the opportunity to suggest a bust of Sir Winston Churchill should be put ‘back in [the] Oval Office’.
While Farage is the first major British politician to meet Trump following his election victory, Theresa May need not be too downhearted. After all, when Trump talked to May this week — making her the eleventh world leader he spoke to — the president elect invited the Prime Minister to visit at the earliest opportunity.