Downing Street has blocked any chance for Donald Trump to meet Nigel Farage when he visits Britain next week, it was claimed today.
Whitehall sources said officials have been ordered not to make space for the President to meet the ex-Ukip leader during talks on the visit schedule.
Theresa May has repeatedly refused to make use of Mr Farage’s friendship with Mr Trump. The pair campaigned together in the 2016 US elections.
Mr Farage told MailOnline it was a ‘wasted opportunity’ to ‘build bridges between the administrations’.
The President will visit Britain next week for the first time since his election and officials are still finalising the details.
Mr Trump’s programme is expected to include meeting the Queen, talks with the Prime Minister and golf at his courses in Scotland.
Mr Farage said: ‘Clearly they (Downing Street) are very keen that I don’t meet the President or his entourage when they are over.
‘If I was to ask I would do that through the White House – but if that is the British Government’s position, I would not want to want to put the White House into a position of embarassment.
‘It strikes me as ludicrous because I could be helpful as a bridge between the administrations.
‘It’s a wasted opportunity.’
Mr Farage said the President’s appearance at the Nato summit on his way to Britain would be a ‘very important global event’.
But he questioned what Mrs May’s government would be able to achieve.
He said: ‘The sense I get from Washington is a sense of bewilderment that Brexit is taking so long.
No 10 sources insisted they were ‘not even aware of a meeting being requested’ adding that ‘either way we are not trying to stop one’.
Mr Farage and the US President have met each other several times and are good friends.
Mr Trump declared himself ‘Mr Brexit’ after talking with the ex Ukip leader bout Britain’s departure from the bloc.
And Mr Farage went to America where he posted a snap of himself meeting Mr trump shortly after his election at the end of 2016.
Mr Trump is expected to arrive late next Thursday evening, but his first full day will be on Friday, July 13 and the entire visit is thought to last three days.
While the trip is a working visit, it will be a simpler affair as Trump has not received an invitation from the Queen on the advice of the government. In addition to this, as it is not a state visit, the President will have to cover his own costs.
Windsor Castle is set to be closed to the public on July 13, suggesting that this is when Trump will meet the Queen, but details have not been confirmed. Ambassador Woody Johnson told Sky: ‘Yes, yes, I mean he has to see the head of state.
‘Putting his foot on British soil, it’s job one, it’s very important, very symbolic. Meeting Her Majesty is the most important thing, because she’s the head of state, and from then on, it’ll be what the president wants to do.’
The Coldstream Guards, the oldest regiment in the British Army, are also rumoured to honour the Trumps on their arrival but Buckingham Palace has not confirmed the arrangements.
Original article: Downing Street Actually Bans Donald Trump from Meeting Nigel Farage
This report is almost too sad to be true.
If factual, this represents an even greater decline in the prestige of the government of the United Kingdom than all the other nonsense they’ve done in the last five years.
England is becoming indistinguishable from the regimes it battled almost 80 years ago.
This is how the totalitarian Far Left operates: deciding what you can say and not say, what you can think and cannot think, and with whom you are allowed to freely associate.
The First Amendment to the United States Constitutions guarantees the ineradicable right to freedom of assembly — to associate with whom you choose.
The British Empire does not have a document as enlightened as the U.S. Constitution.
Sad end to a once-great empire.