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President Trump is not going to be the ogre some fear, but we need to mend fences – I can help with that

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I was pleased to be able to visit New York with Arron Banks and a couple of friends. The object of the visit was to meet Donald Trump’s team and congratulate them on a job well done.

I’ve known many of them for several years and they have always supported me. In turn I’m pleased that I was able to do my bit by explaining the inspirational story of Brexit and I hope I contributed to Trump’s extraordinary win last week.

Soon after we entered the building, a large demonstration of over 20,000 people gathered noisily around the Trump Tower. Some people only like democracy when the result suits them.

We talked to all of the key players in Trump’s team and it’s perfectly clear that to a man and woman they are anglophiles. We talked about the prospect of the United Kingdom being at the front of the queue, all of which was met positively.

Protesters outside Trump Tower on the night after the election
Protesters outside Trump Tower on the night after the election CREDIT: -/REUTERS

The only slight negative I picked up was the sense that so many senior Conservative figures and indeed important staff figures who now work in No 10 had been so unrelentingly negative about The Donald. Clearly, there are fences to be mended.

We talked about the prospect of the United Kingdom being at the front of the queue, all of which was met positively

I was conscious that serious meetings were going on as Trump puts together the senior positions in his team. So we were pleased and surprised when Kellyanne Conway, the Trump campaign manager, said Donald had time to see us.

Donald Trump with Melanie, Ivanka, Tiffany, Eric and Donald Junior
Donald Trump with Melanie, Ivanka, Tiffany, Eric and Donald Junior CREDIT: -/60 MINUTES

So up we went to the Trump private residence. I was greeted like a long-lost friend. We sat down and talked about Brexit, his victorious campaign and how the world was changing. What I saw was a thoughtful and reflective Donald Trump.

His energy is truly remarkable. He certainly has not been idling over the last couple of days as he talked about some initiatives that would benefit the American economy.

We laughed and joked, and after a few minutes I expected us to be ushered away. But that did not happen. In fact we spent 50 minutes with him. However tough, even vicious the campaign may have been, he had nice things to say about the way Obama and Hillary had treated him. I suspect that president Trump is not going to be the ogre that some fear. In fact, I believe he has the ability to become a great president.

He has a love of our country and that was reflected in talking about the past triumphs and tragedies that our nations have shared and indeed about his love of the Scottish countryside.

We now have tremendous potential to reshape our relationship with the US. In terms of trade, not only would this be good for our economies but significantly strengthen our negotiating hand with Brussels.

I would be very happy to provide introductions and to start the necessary process of mending fences

That is why EU officials and some senior German politicians have reacted hysterically and attempted to rubbish the potential opportunities out there for post-Brexit Britain.

Trump is very loyal, which is why he saw me yesterday. I put my head over the parapet by appearing on stage with him in Mississippi. The abuse I received in the UK made it feel like the referendum. Quite like old times really.

Nigel Farage speaking at a Trump campaign rally in Jackson, Mississippi on August 24
Nigel Farage speaking at a Trump campaign rally in Jackson, Mississippi on August 24 CREDIT: GERALD HERBERT/AP PHOTO

Even many senior figures in Ukip appeared to disown me. But I’m pleased that I backed him and I think he has all the makings of a very good president.

Quite why the apparatchiks in No 10 continue to say negative things about me I can’t determine. These were the same people who were negative about Trump during the campaign.

If the president-elect trusts me then I would hope that some in the British Government could do the same thing. I would be very happy to provide introductions and to start the necessary process of mending fences. And I would not want anything in return. I hope in our national interest that some sense prevails on this.

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An Epstein bust of Winston Churchill, removed from the Oval Office by President Obama, being presented to President George W Bush by former British Ambassador to the US Sir Christopher Meyer CREDIT: -/WWW.AMERICANTHINKER.COM

At the end of our time with Trump we asked him if the bust of Sir Winston Churchill that Obama had removed from the Oval Office could be put back in its rightful place. He enthusiastically thought that was a good idea. Need I say more?

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