Nigel Farage says Donald Trump 'loving London' after face-to-face meeting

Posted On: 
4th June 2019

Nigel Farage has said Donald Trump is "loving London" after the pair met held a one-to-one meeting.

Nigel Farage met with President Trump at the US Ambassador's residence
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The Brexit Party leader was pictured entering Winfield House, where President Trump is staying during his three-day state visit to the UK, on Tuesday afternoon.

After the visit, Mr Farage tweeted: "Good meeting with President Trump - he really believes in Brexit and is loving his trip to London."

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It also emerged that Boris Johnson held a "friendly and productive" 20-minute phone conversation with the president on Monday evening, but snubbed a face-to-face meeting because he had to attend a Tory leadership hustings.

President Trump is also due to have separate meetings with Michael Gove and Jeremy Hunt, two of the other main contenders to succeed Theresa May.

The talks have been viewed as a snub to the Prime Minister - who steps down as Tory leader on Friday - because plans to hold one-to-one discussions with her were ditched by the White House.

Speaking to the Sunday Times ahead of his UK trip, the controversial commander-in-chief called for Mr Farage to be handed a formal role in the Brexit negotiations.

He told The Sunday Times: “I got to know him when he liked my campaign and he actually came to a speech and I met him. I think he is a terrific person. Really, a terrific person.”

"I like Nigel a lot. He has a lot to offer. He is a very smart person. They won’t bring him in. Think how well they would do if they did. They just haven’t figured that out yet.”

President Trump also held a private meeting with leading Brexiteers Iain Duncan Smith and Owen Paterson.

But speaking at a press conference alongside the Prime Minister, he revealed he had rejected a request to meet Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, describing him as a "negative force".

"He wanted to meet with me and I told him no. I don't know Jeremy Corbyn, never met him, never spoke to him," he said.

"He wanted to meet either today or tomorrow and I decided I would not do that. I think he is, from where I come from, somewhat of a negative force. I think people should look to do things correctly as opposed to criticise."