US President Donald Trump has met the Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage, in a further snub to Theresa May just hours after the pair held talks in Downing Street.
Mr Farage was pictured being driven into the US Ambassador’s residence at Winfield House, where Mr Trump is staying during his three-day state visit.
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After the meeting, Mr Farage tweeted: "Good meeting with President Trump – he really believes in Brexit and is loving his trip to London."
Mr Farage said he came away from the meeting with the impression that the US was ready to do a post-Brexit trade deal with the UK but that the Government were unprepared.
He added: “What was most interesting about the meeting was trade ... The Americans are very, very prepared for their side of the negotiation.”
He said Mr Trump and US ambassador Woody Johnson told him the US team had a 13-chapter plan “where they have pretty much completed the work”.
“When I asked the extent to which the British were ready for this, I got the impression we are pretty much behind the curve all the way.”
He called for an independent delegation of business leaders to travel to the US and negotiate in the meantime.
He continued: “My big take from that meeting an hour ago is America is prepared for this and we simply aren’t.”
The Conservatives suffered their worst ever election result in European polls last month, mainly at the hands of Mr Farage’s party.
Despite not making time for a one-to-one meeting with the Prime Minister during the state visit, the US President also held a 20 minute phone call with Boris Johnson, the frontrunner to succeed Mrs May, and has reportedly requested private meetings with two other contenders for the Tory leadership, Michael Gove and Jeremy Hunt.
Ahead of travelling to the UK, Mr Trump said: "Nigel Farage is a friend of mine. Boris is a friend of mine. They are two very good guys, very interesting people."
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In a reference to the Brexit Party's European election success he added: "Nigel's had a big victory, he's picked up 32% of the vote starting from nothing.
"I think they are big powers over there, I think they have done a good job."