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Newsline: London rejects Trump’s call for Farage to be UK ambassador to the US

Life certainly hasn’t been dull since Donald Trump was elected as the next US president. One awakes every morning in the UK ready to discover what the latest shocker to emerge overnight from his Twitter feed. Downing Street has dismissed the suggestion. A Number 10 spokesman said: “There is no vacancy. We already have an excellent ambassador to the US.” Nevertheless, Trump has at a stroke undermined the authority of Britain’s current ambassador to Washington, Sir Kim Darroch. Effectively he has issued a public statement of no confidence in him. Trump has also orchestrated his first public disagreement with Theresa May. He has given a huge boost in status to a leading figure in a UK opposition party – again, an unfriendly move to May. Trump has also confirmed that any hopes of him operating as a “normal” president seem misguided. Perhaps it was just a joke. But, if so, that probably makes it all worse.



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