Describing his “moment of the week” on This Week on the BBC, the former deputy Conservative Party leader highlighted the incoming President’s actions were an indication that he wanted the ambassador to be a Brexiteer, appointed from outside the Foreign Office.
"Now you’ll remember that Theresa May has not met the President-elect, that Nigel Farage has met the President-elect three times.
"That the President has suggested that Nigel Farage should be our ambassador."
Leading Brexit campaigner Mr Gove was given an interview with Mr Trump, who was keen to share his views on Britain and Europe.Mr Trump told
Mr Trump told Mr Gove that Brexit will “end up being a great thing” and the US would work to strike a trade deal with post-Brexit Britain “very quickly”.
Michael Portillo said Trump is dropping hints over UK ambassador to the US role
I would get on with finding someone to be our ambassador
Mr Portillo said: “So now he selects Michael Gove, who of course was in favour of Brexit. Michael Gove who fell out with Boris Johnson. When Boris Johnson was in New York the week or ten days before, he didn’t see Mr Trump.
“So it looked like the President-elect chose a Brexiteer who’d been ejected from the Government, who’d had a big row with Boris Johnson.
“I think he’s trying to tell Theresa May something and if I was she, I would get on with finding someone to be our ambassador who’s recruited from outside the Foreign Office who understands and supports Brexit and has said nothing unpleasant about Donald Trump in the past.”
Donald Trump's Action Plan
Thu, January 19, 2017
What follows is Donald Trump's action plan to 'Make America Great Again' within the first 100 days of Presidency.
1 of 10
FIRST: Propose a Constitutional Amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress.
Britain's current ambassador to the US, Sir Kim Darroch, took up his position as Britain’s ambassador to the US last year.
A tweet by Donald Trump stating “many people” would like to see former Ukip leader Nigel Farage as ambassador sparked calls that it breached diplomatic protocol.
Brexit Secretary David Davis and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson have both shown their support for Sir Kim.
Mr Davis said: “We’ve got a very good ambassador – Kim Darroch – and he's going to be there for some years.”
Mr Johnson said Sir Kim was “first rate” and underlined the position was not open.
He said: "We have a first rate ambassador in Washington doing a very good job of relating both with the present administration and with the administration to be, and there is no vacancy for that position."
Mr Farage and Arron Banks, who bankrolled the Leave.EU Brexit campaign, and Lord Ashcroft attended a lavish party in Washington DC on Thursday night ahead of Mr Trump’s inauguration.