Nigel Farage says Donald Trump makes him feel "like an introvert"

Nigel Farage praises Donald Trump at his inauguration party: 'President Trump is Brexit plus plus plus'

The former Ukip leader held a lavish 400-guest party on the top floor of one of Washington's most prestigous hotels

Maya Oppenheim@mayaoppenheim
Friday 20 January 2017 15:29
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Just a few hundred yards away from the White House, Nigel Farage heaped praised on Donald Trump at his own inauguration bash in Washington.

The former Ukip leader, who has forged a blossoming friendship with the President-elect in recent months, threw an extravagant 400-guest party on the top floor of the Hay-Adams hotel on Thursday night.

Taking to his glass podium, Mr Farage said “Brexit was great” but the Republican billionaire’s victory was "Brexit plus plus". He declared he had met his match and Mr Trump is the only person he has ever met who makes him feel like an introvert.

“Brexit was great but Trump becoming president of the USA is Brexit plus plus plus,” Mr Farage said.

“He was right when he called it a movement but a movement can’t exist, a movement can’t flourish without a leader and Trump is the only person I’ve ever met in my life who makes me feel like an introvert. He is a larger than life personality. When he was given the rule book for how you run for president he tore it up”.

The party, which was at one of Washington’s most expensive and prestigious hotels, was attended by HBO bosses, eurosceptic peer, Lord Michael Ashcroft, former No 10 strategist to David Cameron, Steve Hilton, Tory MP, Nigel Evans, and Mississippi governor, Phil Bryant, who is an ally of Mr Trump.

But Mr Farage did not throw the party alone, he had the help of his key Brexit allies, millionaire Ukip donor, Arron Banks, and Leave.EU communications director, Andy Wigmore. The group are reported to have talked about turning the Brexit campaign into a big-budget drama with HBO executives at the event. Banks has already published a book titled The Bad Boys of Brexit: Tales of Mischief, Mayhem & Guerrilla Warfare in the EU Referendum Campaign.

Guests toasted the unlikely victories of Mr Trump and Brexit, with violinists and cellists playing "Sweet Home Alabama" in the background. They also relished in sharing photos of the views from the hotel on Twitter.

Since the President-elect’s victory, Mr Farage has taken a leading role in building the “special relationship” between the US and the UK, disrupting diplomatic protocol. He was the first foreign politician to meet Mr Trump in person and has met with him on a number of occasions since, having both attended a “heroes and villains” costume party in New York in early December.

Mr Trump has also said he thinks Mr Farage would make a “great” US ambassador. The Government of course dismissed the suggestion Mr Farage should take on one of the most high-profile roles in British diplomacy, with a Downing Street spokesman saying: “There is no vacancy. We have an excellent ambassador to the US.”

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