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Twitter reacts to Trump’s call for Farage as US ambassador

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Donald Trump’s suggestion that Nigel Farage could be made UK ambassador to the United States has prompted violently contrasting responses on social media.

In a highly unusual intervention, the president-elect sent out a late evening tweet to say: “Many people would like to see Nigel Farage represent Great Britain as their Ambassador to the United States. He would do a great job!”

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron was less impressed: “Farage as ambassador is a frankly stupid idea. I have more diplomacy in my little finger. But what’s more worrying is the axing of TPP.”

Former UK ambassador in Washington, Sir Christopher Meyer, did not appreciate Mr Trump riding roughshod over diplomatic protocol: “UK ambo in DC exists to defend UK interests in US, not US interests in UK. Can’t have foreign presidents deciding who our ambo should be.”

Outspoken TV presenter and former football star Gary Lineker found Mr Trump’s proposal laughable: “Another hilarious joke from the funniest parody account on twitter. Nigel the diplomat?….must be Cockney rhyming slang.”

Mr Farage himself had no doubts he was the man for the job: “I have known several of the Trump team for years and I am in a good position with the President-elect’s support to help.”

British comedian David Schneider of cult satire series Brass Eye astutely summarised the situation with a reminder that Farage couldn’t appear less interested in engaging with America just a few months ago.

Asked what he thought of Mr Trump suggesting who the UK should appoint as ambassador, Brexit Secretary David Davis told the BBC: “We are believers in free speech in Britain, but we’ve got a very good ambassador – Kim Darroch – and he’s going to be there for some years.

“People can say what they like. The simple truth is there’s no vacancy. This is an ambassador who is very, very good, as we’ve seen already, and he will be there for years.”

 

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