British PM’s office rejects Trump’s ambassador suggestion
The office of British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday rejected President-electDonald Trump’s suggestion that Nigel Farage could be Britain’s ambassador to the United States.
Nigel Farage, the interim leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), was a leading figure in the campaign for Britain to exit the European Union. He said he was “flattered” by Trump’s suggestion.No. 10 Downing Street, May’s office, said there was “no vacancy.” Kim Darroch, the United Kingdom’s current ambassador to the U.S., has been in the job since January.
Downing Street’s response came after Trump tweeted late Monday that “Many people would like to see Nigel Farage represent Great Britain as their Ambassador to the United States. He would do a great job!”
Farage became the first British politician to meet with the president-elect, who he briefly campaigned with before the U.S. election, at Trump Tower in New York this month. He has suggested he would like to be Trump’s ambassador to the European Union. Downing Street said Farage will have no formal role in relations between the U.K. and U.S. governments.Britain voted to leave the EU at a referendum in June, in events that have drawn parallels to Trump’s election.
Downing Street said the British government was considering inviting Trump for a state visit in 2017.