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The former Ukip leader suggested Britain’s vote to leave the EU was a decisive factor in helping Trump take the White House ahead of the President-elect’s inauguration tomorrow.
In a film for BBC’s Newsnight programme, Farage said: “If I speak to Trump’s team, close advisers and even to President Elect Trump himself, none of them think Trump would have won unless Brexit had happened.”
After filmmaker Michael Cockerell asked the MEP if he had personally helped Trump to win the presidency, he replied: “It wasn’t the direct object at the time of fighting for all those years for a referendum, but as a by-product it was part of it.”
Farage will be one of a small number of Britons present when Donald Trump becomes the 45th US President at 5.00pm GMT today.
Farage believes Britain's EU exit was essential to Trump's election win
If I speak to Trump’s team, close advisers and even to President Elect Trump himself, none of them think Trump would have won unless Brexit had happened
On Thursday, he tweeted a picture from Washington alongside Brexit bankroller Arron Banks and Lord Ashcroft, who he dubs ‘the Brexit Bad Boys’.
The trio have rented out the top floor of the exclusive five-star Hay Adams hotel just down the road from the White House for a huge party on Saturday night.
There are even hopes that Trump will attend the bash at the Washington hotel, along with Banks’s close friend Phil Bryant, the Governor of Mississippi.
Nigel Farage discusses Trump's new presidency in the special edition of Newsnight
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Farage’s relationship with Trump made headlines when the Eurosceptic MEP flew to the US to speak alongside the the Republican during his election campaign.
The former Ukip chief spoke to thousands of Trump supporters at a Mississippi rally and said: “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 and the 'Brexit Bad Boys' in Washington on Thursday
Farage even joined the victorious presidential candidate at Trump Tower to celebrate his victory in the days following the election.
Speaking after their meeting, Farage claimed: “He was relaxed and full of good ideas.
“I’m confident he will be a good President.”