Farage: I’ll sidestep UK gov’t and organize my OWN Trump trade deal

EXCLUSIVE: I’ll organize my OWN trade deal with Trump says his best friend in the UK Nigel Farage as he tells DailyMail.com the U.S. is far better prepared for negotiations than his own country – so he’ll bypass them

  • Farage told DailyMail.com that U.S. trade negotiators are outclassing the UK’s
  • Brexit Party leader plans to organize his own trade delegation to Washington
  • He will recruit British industrialists to go around the UK government and start trade talks with the Trump administration on their own
  • Farage met with Trump in London on Tuesday and said a day later that the U.S. president was ‘ebullient’ and loved meeting the queen
  • He said he is willing to campaign for Trump’s re-election like he did in 2016
  • ‘Change absolutely nothing!’ Farage said he would advise the president; ‘Don’t get too many advisers. Follow your instincts” 

Donald Trump’s political best friend in the United Kingdom says Britain’s trade negotiators are unprepared to square off against the White House’s team, and he plans to send his own independent delegation of business leaders to Washington to bypass them.

‘What I was very struck by over the course of this week was the extent to which the U.S. administration has really put some thought and hard work into this,’ Brexit Party chief Nigel Farage told DailyMail.com about preliminary trade discussions that developed during Trump’s State Visit to London.

‘They really want to make this work,’ Farage said of the U.S. side. ‘And I’m struck that the British position is is greatly inferior to that.’

In a phone interview on Wednesday, he said he would approach leading British businesses ‘over the next few weeks or months – weeks probably’ to assemble his own trade mission to Washington independent of the UK’s Department for International Trade.

Farage aims ‘to put together a small panel of industrialists, dealmakers, people who’ve been involved in business at a senior level,’ he said, ‘and I intend to request a visit to go and see Bob Lighthizer and to have a conversation.’

‘And if we have to independently, as the Brexit party, set up a blueprint for what needs to be done, we will.’

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage said Wednesday that he will assemble his own delegation of British business leaders to approach the White House about a trade deal because the UK’s negotiators are far behind the curve

Farage met Tuesday evening with President Trump (pictured Wednesday arriving in Ireland) at the residence of U.S. Ambassador Woody Johnson

The political firebrand said his nation is ‘paralyzed in our negotiations with Brussels, utterly paralyzed,’ making it nearly impossible for London to negotiate with Washington while limiting the risk of spillover effects in its separate trading relationships across Europe.

‘And nobody from our Trade Department has given me any indication that any serious work has been done at all,’ he said.

He added that his time working in financial services taught him how ‘incredibly frustrating’ transatlantic commercial relationships can be to maintain, all ‘because there are serious barriers to trade.’

‘So I’ve seen myself why I think some simplification could mean that we all do more business, and that would be to mutual benefit.’

Farage explained that his concept of a unilateral trade mission is still in its infancy and he has yet to recruit the participants.

Asked whether the White House knows the idea is in development, he responded in a follow-up text message: ‘They will soon.’

Farage (center) was photographed Tuesday arriving for his visit with President Trump at Winfield House, the residence of the Ambassador of the United States to the UK, in Regent’s Park, London

‘I’ve got some names of people who have been very senior in British industry that I’m going to ask over the course of the next couple of weeks,’ he said.

‘I’m not ready. It literally just dawned on me this week. It dawned on me how much work America has done, and how little we’ve done.’

Farage met with President Trump Tuesday in London at the residence of U.S. Ambassador Woody Johnson, and told DailyMail.com on Wednesday that ‘I do meet him regularly.’

He tweeted later: ‘Good meeting with President Trump – he really believes in Brexit and is loving his trip to London.’ 

Farage said last week that Prime Minister Theresa May’s office had tried to block him from seeing Trump.

He told DailyMail.com that the president was ‘ebullient’ when he saw him, ‘the happiest he could ever be.’

‘I think he was really thrilled to spend good time with the queen, talking to her. He’s clearly got enormous respect for the woman, as indeed his mother had, of course,’ he said.

Farage tweeted his support for Trump on Tuesday after they met in London

Farage brought his rasped English anti-lilt to a Trump rally in Mississippi in August 2016 and now says he’ll be happy to campaign for the president’s re-election

Farage came to see the president-elect in New York City a month after his election, drawing a line of connection between Trump’s populist victory and the successful campaign in his own country to start ‘Brexit’ divorce proceedings with Europe

‘His mother was a big fan of the queen, because his mother kept her Scottishness to her dying day. You know, she went to America but she kept the accent and everything.’

‘That Scottish bit of Trump, that British bit of Trump, is I think a lot bigger than most people give credit for,’ said Farage.

He declined to talk at all about the substance of his conversations with the president.

But he freely offered advice to his ideological soulmate as he heads into a 2020 showdown with a Democrat to be named later.

‘Change absolutely nothing!’ Farage said. ‘Don’t get too many advisers. Follow your instincts – because he’s really, really good at instinct. He’s really clever at instinct. He’s got it.’

He said he would advise Trump to ‘stick to what he knows, stick to what he does. He’s good at it. He’s the best in the business.’  

Farage praised Trump on the ‘Good Morning Britain’ program while the president was in London, saying he showed ‘great dignity’ on the first day of his visit, even after Trump launched a Twitter attack at ‘stone cold loser’ Sadiq Khan, the mayor. 

‘What people in this country are seeing is a U.S. president who got elected making promises that he actually carries out, whereas our politicians make promises they don’t intend to deliver,’ he said.

Farage famously appeared in an August 2016 Trump campaign rally in Mississippi, his rasped English anti-lilt entering ears more accustomed to ‘y’all’ than ‘Brexit.’

He said Wednesday that he is willing to make a return trip to help Trump win a second term.

‘If my help is wanted in any way at all, it will certainly be there,’ Farage told DailyMail.com.

‘I’ve never wavered for one moment in my support of him,’ he claimed, ‘even though at times it felt like I was the only person in the United Kingdom that supported him, which is what it was like three years ago!’

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