Nigel Farage claims ‘petty’ Downing Street officials blocked him from meeting Donald Trump

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The Brexit Party leader claims he is being kept away from the US President’s state visit at the request of Theresa May’s officials

Nigel Farage has claimed that “petty” government officials are trying to prevent him from meeting President Donald Trump on his state visit.

The Brexit Party leader, a friend of Mr Trump, claims that he is being blocked from seeing the leader during his visit.

Speaking to Press Association, Mr Farage alleged that Theresa May’s office had told the US president’s team to avoid meeting with him during his state visit.

He claims that figures in Washington were told: “Don’t meet this guy.”

Small minded

Mr Farage said: “It’s absolutely ludicrous.

“I know they’re worried about their Conservative Party but given that I’ve got good connections to him and many of the team around him and that they’re our biggest military ally, intelligence ally, and very important investor in each other’s countries – why would you want to prevent a meeting between someone who knows the president well?

“It’s just extraordinary, it’s small minded, petty and it’s not putting the interests of the country first.”

A Downing Street spokesperson said: “Who the President meets during his visit is of course a matter for him.”

According to The Times, Mr Trump is set to privately meet with Conservative leadership candidate Boris Johnson on the visit.

Trump’s friends

Mr Trump told reporters that he “may” meet with Mr Farage and Mr Johnson on his trip.

He said: “I may. Nigel Farage is a friend of mine. Boris is a friend of mine. They’re two very good guys. Very interesting people.

“Nigel has had a big victory; he’s picked up 32 percent of the vote, starting from nothing. And I think they’re big powers over there. I think they’ve done a good job.”

Mr Farage added: “He obviously likes Boris, and he obviously thinks Boris believes in Brexit.

“Trump is clearly a Brexiteer – he’s never made any bones about that, so yeah he likes Boris. He quite likes Jeremy Hunt by the sounds of it too.”

UK state visit

Mr Trump’s visit is officially planned to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

More than one million Brits are expected to gather to protest the visit.

The organisers of the Together Against Trump protest anticipate 250,000 people will join them in London on Tuesday.

Additional reporting by Press Association

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