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Nigel Farage 'squeezed in at last second' to dine with Donald Trump

Farage tweeted a picture of himself smiling broadly while sitting down with the US President.

Image: Nigel Farage via Twitter

NIGEL FARAGE DINED in illustrious company at the weekend, when he sat down with US President Donald Trump for dinner in the latter’s Washington hotel at the weekend.

However, it is believed that Farage only managed to secure a last minute invitation to the meal, which also had Trump’s daughter Ivanka, senior White House advisor Jared Kushner and Florida Governor Rick Scott also in attendance.

The UKIP stalwart tweeted a picture of himself at the dinner table with a look of delight on his face.

Journalist Benny Johnson, who was at the same venue, said that secret service personnel “swarmed the place” just before Trump arrived.

Johnson wrote a blog on everything he witnessed that evening, and said that Farage had just happened to be in the restaurant sipping a cocktail and met Trump in the foyer before getting a last minute invite to dine with the President.

He later asked Farage what it was like to have dinner with Trump, who replied: “You know what amazes me about your president? He is a regular bloke. Truly. Just a normal chap.”

When asked what they talked about, Farage said: “Nothing that interesting”.

In a statement to the Guardian, 10 Downing Street downplayed the significance of Farage meeting Trump in such a manner and said that the President would not believe that he was being briefed on official UK policy during any discussions.

A spokesperson said: “We have an excellent ambassador who has and does meet the administration, including President Trump. We have formal, well-established processes for communicating with the US administration and those are the ones we use.

“They know we communicate through the existing channels, I’m 100% certain they are aware of that.”

Earlier this week, Farage told American conservatives that Britain’s vote to leave the EU and Trump’s presidential victory launched a “great global revolution” that will spread through more western nations.

Farage received a warm welcome at CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, where he praised Trump’s “quite remarkable” victory.

“2016, we did it!” boomed the former head of UKIP.

“Just as Brexit becomes more popular by the day, President Trump will become more popular in America by the day,” he said.

With reporting from AFP - - © AFP, 2017

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