Nigel Farage has branded Barack Obama a “loathsome” “creature” and said the election of Donald Trump is a “big opportunity” for the UK.

The former Ukip leader also joked about Mr Trump groping Theresa May while he tried to “schmooze” her for trade deals, telling a radio station: “He loves our country.”

Mr Trump was elected on a hard right political platform, pledging mass deportations of undocumented migrants and saying he would ban Muslims from travelling to the United States.

Mr Obama was criticised by Brexiteers after he intervened in the EU referendum debate, warning that the UK would be “back of the queue” for any trade deal.

“That Obama creature – a loathsome individual who couldn’t stand our country. He said he’d be at the back of the queue, didn’t he? And Americans don’t use the word ‘queue’, they use the word ‘line’. So it was all a Dave and George stitch-up,” Mr Farage said in an appearance on TalkRadio.

“What was interesting was that Trump said we’d be at the front of the queue. Listeners, bear this in mind, however imperfect Donald Trump may be – and he is, his mother was Scottish – he’s spent a lot of time in this 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?”

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PM Theresa May has been invited to the White House by President-elect Trump (PA)

The Ukip politician suggested he might be a good intermediary between Mr Trump and the British Government.

“I’m now going to become a diplomat. Come and schmooze Theresa – don’t touch her, for goodness sake,” he quipped, a reference to Mr Trump’s admission that he has used his fame to grope women without repercussion.

The radio programme’s presenters laughed heartily at the joke, adding: “Only in an affectionate way… like Bush did to the Queen.”

Mr Farage continued: “I could be there as the responsible adult to make sure everything is OK.”

A number of women came forward to accuse Mr Trump of sexually assaulting them after a tape emerged in which he admitted he had used his fame to “grab” women by their genitalia. Mr Trump has denied the allegations and threatened legal action over them. 

He says the tape in which he infamously claimed he liked to “grab 'em by the pussy” did not reflect his true character or views.

Mr Farage appeared on stage with Mr Trump during his presidential campaign. 

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