Farage ‘flattered’ by Trump suggestion he become ambassador
LONDON – The Associated PressNigel Farage, the interim leader of the U.K. Independence Party (UKIP) and the person playing a key role in Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, said he is “flattered” by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s suggestion that he become Britain’s ambassador to the United States.
Farage said Nov. 22 he would do anything possible to help relations between the two countries even as U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s office said Britain already has an ambassador in place in Washington.
Government officials say there is “no vacancy.”
Trump made the highly unorthodox suggestion in a tweet - it’s not common for the future leader of one country to suggest which individual another country should designate as ambassador.
Trump, who after his election victory met Farage before any EU leaders, said on Twitter that “many people” would like to see the former metals trader turned politician as Britain’s ambassador.
“Many people would like to see @Nigel_Farage represent Great Britain as their Ambassador to the United States. He would do a great job!” Trump said on Twitter.
Farage briefly campaigned with Trump during the presidential campaign and met with the president-elect soon after his victory.