Nigel Farage has revealed that Donald Trump’s inner team have reservations about Theresa May’s Government after he met the president-elect in New York , Telegraph reports.
The interim Ukip leader, who became the first foreign politician to meet the newly-elected Mr Trump on Saturday, said that the Republican’s team raised concerns about comments by Mrs May and her cabinet in the run-up to the US election.
Despite the concerns, Mr Farage said he is “extremely optimistic” about the prospect of a post-Brexit trade deal after meeting Mr Trump and his advisers at Trump Tower.
Mr Farage said that Mr Trump, an Anglophile, was “excited” by the idea and was “very positive” about returning the bust to the Oval Office.
However, he warned that Mrs May will have to “mend some fences” if she is to build a successful relationship with Mr Trump following “rude comments” during the EU referendum.
Last year, Mr Trump prompted a backlash from senior British politicians, including Mrs May, after claiming that London had become so radicalised that police were afraid to walk the streets.
Mrs May, the then Home Secretary, said that Mr Trump was “completely wrong” and a third of the current cabinet – nine of the 23 members – publicly attacked Mr Trump.
Mr Farage said that, while Mr Trump said he had enjoyed a “nice conversation” with Mrs May when they spoke last week, the rest of his team was less impressed.
“He said he had a nice conversation, although some of his team had reservations about what members of the cabinet have said during the election,” Mr Farage said. “Believe you me, his team are conscious of the comments.”
He said that Mr Trump’s election as president is “brilliant news and good for Britain”.
Asked why Mr Trump had singled him out for a meeting, Mr Farage said: “He was very grateful I put my head over the parapet and he recognised that. His whole team are pro-Britain. I am extremely optimistic about Britain’s future.”
Last week, the Telegraph disclosed that Liam Fox, the International Trade Secretary, was planning to consult Mr Farage before flying out to the US. He was subsequently barred from doing so by Downing Street.
Mr Farage said that Downing Street blocked Mr Fox from speaking to him because “they resent me”.
He became friends with Mr Trump during the election campaign and appeared at a rally with him.
In an appearance on Fox News on Saturday, Mr Farage said that Mrs May’s team has been “quite rude” about Mr Trump. He is urging Mr Trump to meet her and hopes that the relationship will be similar to that of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan.
“His support for the US-UK relationship is very strong. This is a man with whom we can do business.”
“I was especially pleased at his very positive reaction to the idea that Sir Winston Churchill’s bust should be put back in the Oval Office.”
Mr Farage said: “He understands and recognises what our two great nations have done together between us. And thank goodness we’re coming to the end of an American president who loathed us.” He said they ignored criticism and their policies “made the world a better place”.