Nigel Farage would represent himself not United Kingdom - says Duncan Smith


The US President-elect had earlier suggested Nigel Farage should be appointed as Britain's man in Washington, saying he would do a great job.

But Downing Street stressed "as a basic principle, we appoint our ambassadors".

Downing Street had previously said Farge would not become a "third person" in the relationship between Tump and Prime Minister Theresa May.

He said he was "flattered" by Trump's suggestion. The paper argues that Farage, who sees Trump as a "kindred spirit", is "hampering the lines of communication between the United Kingdom and the incoming president".

"We have a first-rate ambassador in Washington", referring to current U.K. Foreign Secretary and former mayor of London, Boris Johnson, another high profile Brexit supporter. For the better or worse, Mr. Trump is proving to be unconventional in many ways.

A Downing Street spokesman, however, said: "There is no vacancy".

Turning his guns on May, he said: "It is called trust and it is how the whole world of business operates".

"As the House knows full well, we have a first rate ambassador in Washington", Johnson said ("Here here!" the assembly responded Britishly), "doing a very good job of relating both with the present administration and with the administration-to-be, and there is no vacancy for that position".

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Kelly Ayotte, who recently met with the president-elect, Trump said she'd "love a job in the administration", but "no, thank you". And of New York's Chuck Schumer, the new Senate Democratic leader: "I've liked Chuck Schumer for a long time ".

Wigmore, who coordinated the communications effort for the push for Britain to leave the European Union, told The Express and the New York Times that Trump asked them to oppose new wind farms.

According to The Financial Times, the chairman of the public administration select committee, Bernard Jenkins, said the idea of Farage occupying any official civil service role "was ridiculous and should not be taken at all seriously".

Updating the United States on his progress transitioning into the Whitehouse, President Elect Donald Trump spoke to the world via YouTube yesterday. He added: "But these are not the normal course of events".

This summer, Farage all but endorsed Trump at a campaign-trail rally in Jackson, Miss.

Mr. Trump tweeted late Monday night that "many people" would like to see Farage head Britain's US mission, adding: "He would do a great job!".

Britain is keen to build bridges with Trump after many leading government figures criticized the president-elect during his successful election campaign.

However, the news was greeted with a quick riposte from No 10, which insisted it was for Britain to decide who served as its ambassador to the United States. But, as of this week, it seems he may also have some thoughts on British foreign policy.

"What the world needs now is for the United Kingdom to build on its relations with the U.S.". That was made clear by the president-elect himself in the call with the Prime Minister a few days ago.