‘Dinner with The Donald:’ Farage boasts of cozying up to US president… despite getting no invitation
Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage dined with President Donald Trump at his Washington hotel on Saturday, although the Eurosceptic is not thought to have been invited to the meal.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Farage’s tweet boasting about the dinner was met by mockery online.
Dinner with The Donald. pic.twitter.com/KAdvZ84d2Y— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) February 26, 2017
Farage: "Can you take a photo of us all please. Ok, everybody smile. Everybody? Everybody? We're doing a photo....... no? Ok just take it." pic.twitter.com/KymeUJvQCf— The Media Blog (@TheMediaTweets) February 26, 2017
@UKIPNFKN it's like that mad relative that keeps hounding you at family do's 😱😱— Fiona Pocock (@FionaPocock1) February 26, 2017
Farage dined at the Trump International Hotel alongside Trump, Ivanka Trump and her husband, White House advisor Jared Kushner, Florida Governor Rick Scott, and Benny Johnson from the Independent Journal Review.
According to Johnson, Farage joined the dinner at the last minute, and had not been invited beforehand.
Two things:— Benny (@bennyjohnson) February 26, 2017
1. Farage was not invited to this dinner. Squeezed in at last second
2. Sec. State Tillerson is dining w/wife alone across room
@bennyjohnson Farage. The party guest nobody really wants but for some reason have to tolerate— James longman (@longers1) February 26, 2017
@TheMediaTweets This is similar to sneaking up behind a celebrity who is unaware of your presence and taking a selfie— Vespillo (@vVespillo) February 26, 2017
@JamieRoss7 He looks and is the definitive hanger on whose only job is to grin inanely at every camera.— Kate aka Jock (@KatePotts11) February 26, 2017
Farage was in the US for the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where he delivered a speech on Brexit.
“In 2016, we witnessed the beginning of a global political revolution, and it’s one that is not going to stop. It’s going to roll out all over the world,” he said at the event.
Many social media users weren’t pleased that Farage – who remains a European Member of Parliament despite campaigning for Brexit and whose former UKIP party suffered losses in UK elections – has access to the president.
@Nigel_Farage This photo sums up everything awesome happening in politics right now— Robyn Kenney (@Robynbkenney) February 26, 2017
@21agentchuck chuck, this is an insult to the majority of British - Farage's party just got kicked out in local voting— T (@Europawn) February 26, 2017
Farage was one of the first foreign politicians to meet with Trump after his election victory in November. The president even suggested that Farage could be the UK’s ambassador to the US, an idea that UK Prime Minister Theresa May quickly quashed.
The White House press pool isn't being allowed into Trump's hotel, which is leased to DJT by the federal government.— Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) February 26, 2017
While Farage appeared to have access to the president, the press pool was reportedly denied access to the hotel.