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.
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”.
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