Nigel Farage says Donald Trump’s victory is the first stage in a ‘global revolution’
The former Ukip leader was in Washington DC for Mr Trump’s inauguration, the next step in his extraordinary journey from fringe party leader to personal acquaintance of the most powerful person on earth.
On Thursday night, hosting a party at the five-star Hay-Adams Hotel opposite the White House, Mr Farage told cheering guests that Brexit was a rare moment when Britain had set the course for America to follow and not the other way around.
“I would like to think, in my own little way, that what we did with Brexit was the beginning of what is going to turn out to be a global revolution and that Trump’s victory is a part of that,” he told them.
Yesterday Mr Farage also hailed prospects for a swift post-Brexit trade deal, saying America’s enthusiasm would strengthen Theresa May’s hand in talks with the EU.
“What I saw with the Trump team were people who came from the private sector, where time is money, and they said ‘We could get this done and dusted in 90 days’,” he told Sky News.
“Now, whether it takes 90 days or 120 days isn’t the issue. The point is that this new administration has a can-do attitude of people who are not public sector. They are not nine to five, they are people who will work 24/7 to get things done.”
The former Ukip leader was in Washington DC for Mr Trump’s inauguration
I would like to think, in my own little way, that what we did with Brexit was the beginning of what is going to turn out to be a global revolution
His closeness to the new President is yet another reason for the UK political establishment to loathe the cheeky Brexiteer-in-chief.
In mid-November, he became the first foreign politician to meet Mr Trump after his shock election win.
The photograph of the pair grinning in front of a glittering golden door at the President-elect’s Trump Tower in New York became one of the iconic images of an extraordinary year.
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Mr Farage revelled in the attention it brought him.
He capitalised on UK Government fury by offering to be a “bridge” between Mr Trump and London where he said the establishment had ignored the Republican in its certainty that Democrat Hillary Clinton would win.
A furious Downing Street let it be known that it wanted no truck with Mr Farage’s go-between idea and ministers were reportedly banned from talking to him.
Mr Trump tweeted that Mr Farage would do a ‘great job’ as British ambassador to the US
Mr Trump joined the fun, tweeting that Mr Farage would do “a great job” as British ambassador to the US.
The adventures which propelled Mr Farage to near hero status among Trump backers began in earnest last July as the Brexit winner and friends decided to toast their triumph with a trip to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, which nominated Mr Trump as candidate.
Mr Farage was apparently quietly sounded out by a member of Team Trump but things took off when he and former Leave.
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US President Donald Trump points to the stands as he walks with his wife Melania during the Inaugural Parade.
EU PR chief Andy Wigmore turned up in a Cleveland bar for a 4am last drink and the politician found himself feted by a gang of celebrating Republicans.
It led to an invitation to Mississippi in August to meet its Trump-backing Governor Phil Bryant, who invited Mr Farage to the inauguration.
According to Leave.
EU co-founder Arron Banks’ memoir, The Bad Boys Of Brexit, Mr Trump had first greeted Mr Farage off stage with a bear hug and congratulations on “a great job on winning Brexit”.
Mr Farage’s closeness to controversial Mr Trump was strongly opposed by Ukip MEPs, particularly when the candidate’s past comments about groping women came to light.
Mr Farage insisted he did have “reservations” about the Republican but told audiences if he had a vote he would not cast it for Mrs Clinton “if you paid me… in fact, if she paid me”.
Mr Farage claims the new ‘can-do’ President will do a quick trade deal with Britain
The reservations subsided after Mr Trump’s victory.
In November, fresh from a lecture in Florida, Mr Farage joined Mr Wigmore and Mr Banks in New York where they made a date to see Mr Farage’s old friend and senior Trump adviser Steve Bannon.
A hoped-for phone call with Mr Trump became an hour-long meeting on the 58th floor and handshakes in front of that golden door.
Mr Farage now revels in his status of Trump-knower-in-chief. This week he told New York Magazine: “Our missions have been remarkably similar. Plus, we’re the two most demonised people in the West!”
As Mr Trump was inaugurated, it emerged that MEP Mr Farage had cemented his celebrity status in America by becoming a “contributor”, offering political analysis for Fox News cable channel and its sister Fox Business Network.