'Two very good guys': Trump says he might meet Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage during UK state visit
Donald Trump said he might meet Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson during his state visit to the UK next week.
He heaped praise on two of Theresa May’s fiercest rivals just days before scheduled talks with the departing Prime Minister.
Speaking to Bloomberg, the President said: “Well I may [meet them]. Nigel Farage is a friend of mine, Boris is a friend of mine.
“They are two very good guys, very interesting people.
“Nigel has picked up 32% of the vote starting from nothing and I think they are big powers over there, they have done a good job.”
The move will interpreted as an embarrassment for the Government as the PM prepares to meet the President along with a group of business leaders.
When Mr Trump visited the UK last year, he caused an upset by telling a stoney Mrs May that Mr Johnson would make a good prime minister.
Mr Farage and Trump have been long term allies and the former UKIP leader visited him in New York following the presidential elections of 2016.
Brexit Party sources would not respond to Mr Trump’s comments on a potential meeting but pointed out Mr Farage will be in Brussels for at least part of next week.
President Trump will bring his children and their spouses to meet the Queen and the royal family during his three-day trip to Britain.
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Mr Trump and his wife Melania will arrive in the UK on Monday, June 3 and will stay until Wednesday, June 5.
The Trumps will be honoured with a ceremonial welcome in the gardens of Buckingham Palace on the first day of the three-day trip, featuring royal gun salutes and a guard of honour.
Unlike Obama, the current President has not been asked make an address in the Houses of Parliament.
He will also not participate in a carriage ride to Buckingham Palace, a decision attributed to ‘security concerns’.
And Mr Trump won’t stay in Buckingham Palace during his three-day visit due to renovation work.