Nigel Farage claims No10 have 'BANNED' him from seeing Donald Trump when he visits Britain
NIGEL Farage today claimed he's been stopped from seeing his "friend" Donald Trump when he visits Britain next week.
The Brexit Party boss slammed the "small minded and petty" move he claims Downing Street officials have made.
In an exclusive interview with the Sun Online, Mr Farage blasted: "The one person in this country who has a good bridge to Donald Trump, is me. You would have thought I might actually be useful to the British Government.”
A Downing Street spokesman said today: "Who the President meets during his visit is of course a matter for him."
In a wide-ranging interview Mr Farage revealed he regularly chats to the US President over the phone about how we’re going to leave the EU. He also said:
- He will stand to become an MP again in the next election if Brexit still isn't sorted
- He named Boris Johnson, Dominic Raab and Esther McVey as three Tory hopefuls he could work with to deliver Brexit – but was wary of trusting them
- A Brexiteer PM could push through a No Deal with a general election later this year
- But he played down the chances of the Brexit Party winning its first MP seat in Peterborough next week
Mr Farage said ahead of President Trump's visit: "His entourage have been told by No10 that he's not to meet me.
"Isn't that bizarre? Absolutely bizarre.
"Doesn't it sum up why British politics needs to change? The small minded, pettiness.
"I supported him publicly, I speak to him occasionally on the phone, but I was told it was not to happen.
"We are friends, we get on very well. When I'm in the States I see him, we chat."
A senior US administration official told reporters in the US last night they were "not aware" of any plans for President Trump to meet Mr Farage or Boris Johnson.
Yesterday President Trump praised the pair as his "friends" and said both were "big powers" in Britain.
And he said Farage had had a stunning win in the EU elections by sweeping up 32 per cent of the vote.
Mr Trump said of Brexiteer pair: “I like them.
"Boris Johnson is a friend of mine, Nigel Farage is a friend of mine.
"They are two great guys, very interesting people.
"Nigel’s had a big victory, he’s picked up 32 per cent of the vote starting from nothing.
"I think they are big powers over there."
Nigel’s had a big victory, he’s picked up 32 per cent of the vote starting from nothing
The President is coming to Britain on Monday for a three-day state visit where he will meet the Queen, Theresa May and hold talks with business leaders.
But Government officials will be worried after last year's visit, where in a bombshell interview with The Sun he said he might not be able to do a trade deal with the UK over Mrs May's Brexit deal.
And this time will be the last time the pair meet before she officially steps down.
Boris Johnson is the current favourite to replace her, who President Trump has said would make a "great" PM.
Boris and Mr Trump "got to know and like each other", Farage said.
But when whether Mr Trump would openly endorse him, he added: "I don't think he will directly intervene, I think he will be wary.
"But you never know with Donald Trump!"
"Had [Trump] been in charge of Brexit negotiations, this would have been settled a long time ago," he added.
He also used the interview to reveal he could work together with some of the Tory leadership candidates – but he's not sure whether he can trust them.
On his thoughts on the chances of getting the first Brexit Party MP elected in Peterborough next week, Mr Farage was cautious but optimistic.
"We're going to be at worst, a good second," he said. "We topped the polls in the European elections and Labour have been busy fighting each other… I think it's going to be very close."
But he stressed that the party was only 7 weeks old and don't have a full campaign team or the data other parties too.
Mr Farage, who was covered in milkshake by a yob while campaigning last week, said politicians and the public had to end such hateful behaviour.
The Brexit Party boss was pictured fuming after the incident when he was whisked off by his security team.
He said; "I was very angry at the time. You can laugh these things off but if people prevent me from campaigning, it gets very difficult.
"It's not acceptable.
"A few days later we had an 81-year-old veteran guy [experience it too]. It's just not on."
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