President Donald Trump wasn’t able to meet with Boris Johnson on Tuesday, Boris Johnson turned down the offer of a meeting in what some described as a snub, for the lame reason that he had leadership campaign events to attend, the leader of the free world did have an opportunity to meet with another great British ‘friend’ – Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage.
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage was photographed in the back of a blacked-out car on his way into Winfield House, the US Ambassador’s residence in Regent’s Park.
He later tweeted: “Good meeting with President Trump – he really believes in Brexit and is loving his trip to London.”
It follows reports that Number 10 was “paying close attention” to the President’s itinerary, limiting opportunities for him to meet his Brexiteer “friends” – and causing embarrassment to Theresa May and the Queen.
Ahead of the trip, Trump heaped praise on Farage, recommending that, whoever wins the Tory leadership contest should appoint Farage to lead the next round of Brexit talks with Brussels.
During their meeting Tuesday at Winfield House, the US ambassador’s residence in London, the two discussed what has become Trump’s favorite topic during his visit to the UK: The prospect for a “tremendous” trade deal between the US and UK once the latter throws off the “shackles” of EU membership, which Trump said could double, or even triple, trade between the two countries.
Earlier, Trump said “everything” would be on the table during trade talks with the UK, including the National Health Service.
Farage said during a post-meeting debriefing on LBC that he had a “good” meeting with Trump, and that he was surprised by how prepared Trump was to talk trade.