Friday 23 June 2017

Farage to attend inauguration as guest of anti-gay governor

Donald Trump and Nigel Farage (file photo)
Donald Trump and Nigel Farage (file photo)

Jon Stone in London

Nigel Farage will attend Donald Trump's inauguration later this month as the guest of Mississippi governor Phil Bryant.

Mr Farage still co-leads the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy group of MEPs in the European Parliament, and gave a speech endorsing the mogul during his campaign.

The former Ukip leader was also the first British politician to meet the US president-elect after his victory in the contest, posing for photos with him in a golden elevator at Trump Tower in New York. Mr Trump and Mr Farage have both suggested that the latter should be employed as a go-between or ambassador between Mr Trump's administration and the British government.

"Many people would like to see Nigel Farage represent Great Britain as their ambassador to the United States," Trump tweeted in November. "He would do a great job!"

Mr Farage's host Mr Bryant may raise eyebrows in the UK. The Republican governor said last year that he would rather be crucified than give up his anti-LGBT beliefs.

During his time as governor he has signed laws that exclude gay people from the hate crime protections. Speaking about the legislation last summer, Mr Bryant said: "They don't know that if it takes crucifixion, we will stand in line before abandoning our faith and our belief in our lord and saviour, Jesus Christ. So if we are going to stand, now is the time and this is the place."

Asked if he would be attending the January 20 event, Mr Farage told Sky News: "I certainly am, I can't wait."

Mr Trump won the US presidential election after winning 46pc of the vote compared to Hillary Clinton's 48pc. The US electoral system means that despite losing by nearly three million votes, the property tycoon will become president.

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