Nigel Farage has called US President Barack Obama a “loathsome creature” who hates Britain.
In contrast Donald Trump “loves our country”, Mr Farage said.
The acting Ukip leader told Talksport he “couldn’t be happier” about Mr Trump’s shock victory over Hillary Clinton before launching a scathing attack on Mr Obama.
He said: “For us in the UK the opportunity is really clear. That Obama creature – a loathsome individual who couldn’t stand our country – said we’d be at the back of the queue.”
“What was interesting is Trump said we’d be at the front of the queue.
“However imperfect Donald Trump may be - and my goodness me he is – his mother was Scottish, he owns Turnberry [golf resort in Scotland], he spends a lot of time in our country, he loves our country, what we stand for and our culture.
“This is a big opportunity for all British business because once we’ve left that awful EU thing we can do our first trade deal with the United States of America. Isn’t that great?”
Mr Farage said he planned to visit the United States and meet Mr Trump. He would, he claimed, “be encouraging him to make the United Kingdom his number one global priority.”
“I am now going to become a diplomat,” Mr Farage joked.
Nigel Farage's most controversial moments
Nigel Farage's most controversial moments
1/12 When he unveiled that 'breaking point' poster during the referendum
Mr Farage was accused of deploying “Nazi-style propaganda” when he unveiled a poster showing Syrian refugees travelling to Europe under the next “Breaking point”. Users on social media were quick to compare the advert to a Nazi propaganda film with similar visuals and featuring Jewish refugees. The poster was particularly controversial because it was unveiled the morning of the killing of Labour MP Jo Cox
2/12 When he said he’d be concerned if his neighbours were Romanian
In May 2014 Mr Farage was accused of a “racial slur” against Romanians after he suggested he would be concerned living next to a house of them. “I was asked if a group of Romanian men moved in next to you, would you be concerned? And if you lived in London, I think you would be,” he told LBC radio during an interview. Asked whether he would also object to living next to German children, he said: “You know the difference”
3/12 When he said the EU campaign was won 'without a bullet being fired'
Nigel Farage has said the next Prime Minister has to be a Leave supporter
4/12 When he resigned as Ukip leader and came back days later
After failing to win the seat of South Thanet at the general election, Nigel Farage stepped down as Ukip leader – as he had promised to do during the campaign. Days later on 11 May he “un-resigned” and said he would stay after being convinced by supporters within the party. We’ll see how long his resignation lasts this time
5/12 When he blamed immigrants for making him late
Mr Farage turned up late to a £25-a-head ‘meet the leader’ style event in Port Talbot, Wales in December 2014. Asked why he was late, he blamed immigrants. “It took me six hours and 15 minutes to get here - it should have taken three-and-a-half to four,” he said. “That has nothing to do with professionalism, what it does have to do with is a country in which the population is going through the roof chiefly because of open-door immigration and the fact that the M4 is not as navigable as it used to be”
6/12 When he wanted to ban immigrants with HIV from Britain
Mr Farage has used his platform as Ukip leader call for people with HIV to be banned from coming to Britain. Asked in an interview with Newsweek Europe in October 2014 who he thought should be allowed to come to the UK, he said: “People who do not have HIV, to be frank. That’s a good start. And people with a skill.” He also repeated similar comments in the 2015 general election leadership debates
7/12 When he defended the use of a racial slur against Chinese people
Defending one of Ukip’s candidates, who used the word “ch**ky” to describe a Chinese person, Mr Farage said: “If you and your mates were going out for a Chinese, what do you say you're going for?" When he was told by the presented that he “honestly would not” use the slur, Mr Farage replied: “A lot would”
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8/12 When he said parts of Britain were ‘like a foreign land’
The Ukip leader used his 2014 conference speech to declare parts of Britain as being “like a foreign land”. He told his audience in Torquay that parts of the country were “unrecognisable” because of the number of foreigners there. Mr Farage has also previously said he felt uncomfortable when people spoke other language on a train
9/12 When he said the British army should be deployed to France
At the height of trouble at Britain’s Calais border Mr Farage proposed a novel solution. The Ukip leader called for the British army to be sent to France to put down a migrant rebellion. “In all civil emergencies like this we have an army, we have a bit of a Territorial Army as well and we have a very, very overburdened police force and border agency,” he said. “If in a crisis to make sure we’ve actually got the manpower to check lorries coming in, to stop people illegally coming to Britain, if in those circumstances we can use the army or other forces then why not”
10/12 When he said breastfeeding women should ‘sit in the corner’
Mr Farage sparked protests from mothers after he told women to “sit on the corner” if they wanted to breastfeed their children. “I think that given that some people feel very embarrassed by it, it isn’t too difficult to breastfeed a baby in a way that's not openly ostentatious,” Mr Farage said. He added: "Or perhaps sit in the corner, or whatever it might be”
11/12 When he said the gender pay gap exists because women are ‘worth less’
At a Q&A on the European Union in January 2014 Mr Farage said there was no discrimination against women causing the gender pay gap. Instead, he said, women were paid less because they were simply “worth far less” than many of their male counterparts. “A woman who has a client base, has a child and takes two or three years off - she is worth far less to her employer when she comes back than when she went away because that client base won't be stuck as rigidly to her portfolio,” he said
12/12 When he said he actually couldn’t guarantee £350m to the NHS after Brexit
During the EU referendum campaign the Leave side pledged to spend £350 million a week on the National Health Service – claiming that this is what the UK sends to Brussels. Nigel Farage didn’t speak out against this figure and also pledged to spend EU cash on the health service and other public services himself. Then the day of the election result he suddenly changed his tone, saying he couldn’t guarantee the cash for the NHS and that to pledge to do so was “a mistake”
It means the acting Ukip leader is likely to become the first British politician to meet the new President-elect after his unexpected victory. Mr Farage had been a long-standing supporter of Mr Trump’s bid for the White House and previously travelled to the United States during the campaign to speak at a rally and help the Republican prepare for the presidential debates.
During the interview Mr Farage also appeared to joke about the prospect of Mr Trump attempting to grope Theresa May.
It follows allegations the soon-to-be President had previously sexually assaulted a number of women.
Mr Farage said of Mr Trump: “I’m going to say ‘Come and schmooze Theresa [but] don’t touch her for goodness sake’.”
The interviewer then suggested the new president should touch the Prime Minister “only in an affection way – like George Bush did to the Queen”.
Mr Farage replied: “If it comes to it, I could be there as a responsible adult.”
The acting Ukip leader, who resumed the position after previous leader Diane James resigned after just 18 days in the role, was coy about rumours he may be handed a job im the future Trump administration.
He said: “It’s a fantastic idea, isn’t it? On the basis of total chaos and anarchy.
“Trump hates the EU even more than I do so it wouldn’t be a bad appointment but it’s probably not going to happen.”
He said he remained “open-minded” about the prospect of working for Mr Trump, whose election he called “Brexit times two”.