July 10, 2019
On Tuesday, Nigel Farage suggested President Donald Trump may ditch a U.S.-U.K. trade deal following leaked transcripts of the U.K. ambassador to the U.S. calling the Trump administration “inept” and “incompetent”.
Farage’s warning came after an abrupt cancellation of a meeting between U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and British Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox.
President Trump has called the U.K. ambassador to the U.S. Sir Kim Darroch a “pompous guy” and a “very stupid fool and criticized Prime Minister Theresa May’s handling of Brexit for having created a “mess.”
In response, Conservative Party leadership candidate Jeremy Hunt said Trump was “disrespectful” to May and the U.K.
“Really, Jeremy Hunt? Really? Can I ask you, Jeremy Hunt, how much has it cost us over the last three years to have that embassy over there in D.C.?” said Farage. “With all that staff? With our ambassador? How many hundreds of thousands of pounds of taxpayers money have we spend on a man who has zero access to the White House?”
“A man who the president says he doesn’t even know? Why would you want to continue to waste taxpayers money with a man who has no access?”
“It has continued to deteriorate so much that Wilbur Ross has canceled a meeting with Liam Fox tonight, a meeting that was to talk about trade.”
Earlier, Farage tweeted, “Wilbur Ross cancelling a meeting with Liam Fox shows keeping Sir Kim Darroch is madness. If @BorisJohnson becomes PM, will he sack Darroch?”
Wilbur Ross cancelling a meeting with @LiamFox shows keeping Sir Kim Darroch is madness.
If @BorisJohnson becomes PM, will he sack Darroch?
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) July 9, 2019
– MK. II